Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter greens with Green Apple Vinaigrette

I love Thanksgiving.  It's all about food, family, friends and taking stock of what you have.  My kids and I are so fortunate.  We have our health, each other, more than enough delicious food at every meal, and our cozy home in which to enjoy it all.  I like traditional Thanksgiving, but as defined by me.  I like to take tradition and flip it. 

Here's a great side dish that I am making again this year.  It's easy to throw together and it's a great complement to the rich turkey dinner.

10 c. baby kale
2 c. shaved Brussels sprouts
1 c. pomegranate seeds
4 clementines, peeled and segmented
1 c. dry toasted walnuts, chopped
Apple Vinaigrette to taste (~1/2 c)
Mix together all ingredients and dress to taste
Apple Vinaigrette
1 medium granny smith apple cored and diced
1/2 c. raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (I like Trader Joe's brand)
1-2 T. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. agave nectar
1 small shallot, minced
3-5 T. olive oil, to taste
kosher salt and pepper to taste
Combine apple through shallot in a blender and puree until smooth.  Drizzle in oil while continuing to run the blender.  Season to taste.