My body is craving green goodness and this salad takes all of 10 minutes to make (vinaigrette included!) and is full of nourishing baby greens, Missouri pecans, pomegranate aerols, and an easy peasy, super delish spiced apple cider vinaigrette. This is a great salad to accompany your holiday table, especially for guests who may shy away from a entirely kale salad. Baby kale is incredibly tender, much different in texture to a mature leaf, and has a milder taste. Plus it provides nourishing Vitamin A, C, K, iron, potassium, plant-based protein, alpha-linolenic acid, and plenty of phytonutrients.
Because it is the holidays and quite wintry out there (brr), adding cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg into the apple cider vinaigrette sounded like a good plan. I've never added cinnamon or nutmeg into a salad dressing until this recipe and OH MY GOD why haven't I done this before?! Together they create a warmth of flavor and bring a boring, bland vinaigrette up a notch. (I feel like I should write BAM! after writing "up a notch"..you know, in true Emeril fashion).
On second thought...the dressing kind of looks like bacon fat, no? IT IS NOT. I assure you.
Baby Greens, Apple, Pom Salad
1 cup baby kale
1 cup baby spinach
1 apple, sliced (you'll use about half the apple for the salad, so munch the rest)
4 tablespoons pomegranate aerols
3 tablespoons chopped pecans, get fancy and toast them if you wish
For the Vinaigrette
1/4 cup apple cider vinaigrette
1/3 cup olive oil
1.5 tablespoons maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- On a plate, arrange the baby kale and spinach. I like to mix with my hands so they are well combined on the plate. Top with apple slices, pomegranate seeds, and pecans.
- In a small mason jar, add all of the vinaigrette ingredients. Secure lid and shake well to mix. Taste and adjust with more maple syrup or spices to taste. Drizzle over your salad and keep the remaining vinaigrette in the fridge for up to one week.
Hope you're all having a great week and enjoying this holiday season!
PS. anyone know what I'm doing wrong with my camera? It might be nitpicky but I know my salad pictures are slightly blurry. I can't figure it out!