As we step into the heart of winter, the landscape may look barren, but nature still has some tricks up her sleeve. This easy Kale, Apple, and Smoked Salmon Salad captures the season's bounty in a celebration of contrasts in taste and texture.
I think kale is a bit like Brussels sprouts because it can be polarizing, but when prepared well, it's a delicious winter vegetable brimming with nutrients. The trick is to give it a good rub with an acidic dressing. With lettuce, this would make it limp and soggy, but kale has enough structure that the tangy massage helps tenderize the leaves while infusing them with flavor. The dressing is tangy yet creamy thanks to a combination of Meyer lemon juice and Greek yogurt, which avoids adding oil. I also have a heartier version of this salad over on No Recipes, featuring ramen noodles and Maitake mushrooms.
To round out the refreshing salad, I've chosen a combination of luxurious smoked salmon and crisp batons of sweet apples. The salmon enriches the salad with its savory umami, making this dish an elegant yet easy addition to your winter dining table. Think of it as a little ray of sunshine on your plate during these chilly months.
If smoked salmon isn't your thing, this salad is wonderful without it. Toss on some toasted nuts, like walnuts or pistachios for added texture and umami.
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