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Vegetarian Kale & Apple Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Every great meal is sure to have a pleasant balance of different flavors and textures. This everyday, go-to salad is a good example of such: it’s also quick, satisfying, and filling, alongside a variety of textures and a flavor-forward dressing.

This sweet, tangy, crunchy and hearty salad starts with a foundation of wild rice and kale leaves. Add sliced apples, pomegranate seeds, and a drizzle of honey dijon dressing, then finish it off with a crumble of our Ginger Lemon Turmeric LivBar. The simply refreshing vegetarian and gluten free dish can easily be enjoyed as a side, or made as a main character for lunch.

The texture and bite of curly leaves of kale fits just so among wild rice as a base for this salad. The sweetness in the pomegranate seeds and apple slices play well with honey in the dressing drizzled over top. A zesty bite of dijon in the dressing mixes with tangy apple cider vinegar and shallot, balancing out a savory palate. 

Alliums like garlic or shallot always give a tasty boost to a mix of simple flavors like these. And in a perfect balanced dressing, it's tasty enough to keep you eating leafy greens and hearty vegetables like kale through the whole year.

At LivBar, we love utilizing kale in many recipes. You’ll find it incorporated into more than one of our berry-based LivBars. And there’s a reason the leafy green is so popular, aside from its fresh, fibrous taste and variability as a single vegetable. The superfood is known for being chock-full of several nutrients and vitamins like vitamin K and C, iron, and fiber. The leaves even contain protein.

This recipe requires massaging the kale, gently bruising the leaves, to make it less tough. Whisk the ingredients for the honey dijon dressing together at the last minute, act quickly to avoid separation of the oil, vinegar, shallot, and spices. The crumbled LivBar should top things off last.