Kale Salad with Hazelnuts and Roasted Chioggia Beets.

It’s getting cold out there. And as we pile on extra layers of clothing, we also pile on heavier foods to keep us warm in different ways. Winter is not a time to abandon salad — but it is a time during which we can make some small alterations to our great green feasts. In this way, I’ve been topping mine with roasted hunks of squash and sweet potato lately, but I have long been on the lookout for ways to make my salads even more wintery.

[Leaf Parade. Kale Salad with Hazelnuts and Chioggia Beets.]

And then I remembered the beet.

[Leaf Parade. Kale Salad with Hazelnuts and Chioggia Beets.]

I found these chioggia beets at Whole Foods, and it was the first time I had spotted them this season. You could use red beets here, if you’d like, though you may have more hand washing to do in the end.

[Leaf Parade. Kale Salad with Hazelnuts and Chioggia Beets.]

The electric pink salad dressing gets its rosy glow from canned red beets. You can use beets you’ve cooked yourself, if you prefer. The hazelnut oil gives the dressing some depth, and the fresh lemon brightens it all up big time. All in all, it’s a happy salad, and I think you’d like.

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Kale Salad with Hazelnuts and Roasted Chioggia Beets — Gluten-Free, Paleo, and Whole30 Compliant.

For two.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bouquet (about a pound) lacinato (dino) kale, ribs removed and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound chioggia beets, scrubbed and roasted (see how-to here)
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1/2 a can of beets (drained)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • A pinch of salt

Method:

Distribute the kale equally into two separate salad bowls. Top with roasted beets and toasted hazelnuts.

In a blender, add hazelnut oil, canned beets, lemon juice and salt, and blend until smooth and well combined. Drizzle the dressing on the salads. You will have leftover dressing for future salads — this will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week.

Good news! This recipe is Whole30 compliant!

  • Read more about the Whole30 guidelines here.
  • Get my tips for prepping and planning for the Whole30 here.
  • Follow my Whole30 board on Pinterest here.
  • For more pictures, check out my Instagram page here.

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