Kale Cherry Salad

- 4 cups sliced purple kale
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup sliced red onions
- Maple cinnamon roasted pecans (see instructions below)

For Dressing:
- Lightly salted water
- Organic extra-virgin first-pressed olive oil
- Balsamic glaze (store-bought or homemade)

Benefits of Red Cabbage:
Red cabbage is a nutrient-rich vegetable that offers numerous health benefits. It is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. Consuming red cabbage may support heart health, aid digestion, and promote a strong immune system.


1. In a large bowl, place the sliced purple kale and shredded red cabbage.

2. Fill the bowl with lightly salted water, enough to cover the kale and cabbage. Let them soak for about 5 minutes.

3. Drain the water from the bowl and gently squeeze the kale and cabbage to remove excess moisture.

4. Drizzle the kale and cabbage with organic extra-virgin first-pressed olive oil. Massage the leaves for about 5 minutes, working the oil into the kale. This process helps break down the fibers and makes the kale more tender and easier to digest.

5. Add the dried cherries, sliced red onions, and maple cinnamon roasted pecans to the bowl. Toss gently to combine all the ingredients.

6. Drizzle the salad with balsamic glaze according to taste. The glaze adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the salad.

7. Serve the kale cherry salad as a refreshing and nutritious dish.

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Pecans:
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. In a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and pinch of salt.

3. Add the pecan halves to the bowl and toss until they are evenly coated with the mixture.

4. Spread the coated pecans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. Roast the pecans in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until they are fragrant and slightly golden. Be sure to stir them halfway through to prevent burning.

6. Remove the pecans from the oven and let them cool before adding them to the salad.

Enjoy the vibrant and flavorful Kale Cherry Salad, featuring the beautiful combination of purple kale, red cabbage, dried cherries, red onions, and maple cinnamon roasted pecans. The light salting and massaging of the kale, along with the balsamic glaze, elevate the taste and texture of the salad. Embrace the health benefits of red cabbage while indulging in this delicious and nutritious dish.