KALE AND NECTARINE SALAD WITH RICOTTA SALATA AND TOASTED WALNUTS

IMG_6338A wonderful summer combination, this recipe is great for those days when you don’t have a lot of time but you want something healthy and satisfying. Sweet slivers of nectarine, salty ricotta salata, and crunchy toasted walnuts go perfectly with torn Lacinato kale. Dress the salad with a little champagne vinaigrette and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. So simple, so delicious.

IMG_6328KALE AND NECTARINE SALAD WITH RICOTTA SALATA AND TOASTED WALNUTS

Serves 2 entrée portions, 4 appetizer portions

1 bunch lacinato kale, washed, ribs removed, torn into bite size pieces

1 nectarine (I used a yellow nectarine but white would work as well), cut into thin wedges

1/4 cup raw walnuts, toasted and chopped

ricotta salata

lemon

maldon salt

freshly ground black pepper

champagne vinaigrette (recipes follows)

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IMG_6332In a large bowl, toss the kale with the vinaigrette to coat. With a microplane, grate a generous amount of ricotta salata onto the kale. Toss again, working the cheese and dressing into the kale. Add the nectarines and walnuts. Taste. Add more ricotta salata, maldon salt, and freshly ground black pepper until the flavor is just right, mixing as necessary. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Serve immediately.

IMG_6334CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE

1 tablespoon champagne vinegar

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

a little honey

sea salt

black pepper

In a bowl, combine the champagne vinegar, olive oil, and a little drizzle of honey. Whisk until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

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