Carla Hall’s Hearty Greens Salad with Warm Balsamic Cherry Vinaigrette

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Carla Hall’s Hearty Greens Salad with Warm Balsamic Cherry Vinaigrette
Excerpted from “Diet Simple”

8 servings

6 c (1 pound) Mixed Hearty Greens (Kale, Rape, Collards, and/or Mustard), washed well, stems removed, rolled and cut thinly (chiffonade)
4 T Canola Oil
2 T Balsamic Vinegar
1 T Dijon Mustard
2 t Honey
Salt and Pepper to taste
½ c Cherries, pitted and halved
¼ Red Onion, sliced thinly

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat.

2. While the oil is heating, combine the balsamic, mustard and honey in a small bowl. Just before the oil starts to smoke, add the balsamic vinegar and stir to combine. Let the mixture come to a boil, and continue to stir.

3. If it is too thick or too strong with vinegar, add a dash of water. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the cherries to the mixture. Toss the greens with just enough vinaigrette to wilt the greens, then drizzle additional vinaigrette around the plate. Garnish the salad with rings of red onion.

Deep Green Leafy Vegetables have the highest antioxidant content of all vegetables. High in fiber, they are rich in minerals, B-vitamins, beta-carotene, and lutein, a compound which may help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of preventable blindness). Absorption of carotenoids, such as lutein, in your body is increased by cooking and by the presence of fat (so cook in a little healthy olive or canola oil!).

Carla Hall, Top Chef finalist, is the owner and chef of Alchemy Caterers, a catering and private chef company in Washington, D.C. She teaches cooking classes at Culinaerie, as well as team building classes at different venues in the metropolitan area.

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