Friday, January 3, 2014

Aunt Marion’s Kale Salad with Garlic-Shallot Vinaigrette

Date & Almond Kale Salad with Garlic-Shallot Vinaigrette

Please forgive me – I have been hoarding this special kale salad all to myself for weeks.  It all started at Thanksgiving.  I know!  I can’t believe I held out for so long.  Truthfully, we had a fabulous meal for Thanksgiving but the dish that everyone raved about?  This, Paul’s Aunt Marion’s Kale Salad.  There might have even been jokes about having the leftovers for breakfast the next morning…although, there were not leftovers because it’s THAT good.

I have made it a couple of time since Thanksgiving and Paul’s mom actually made it for our Christmas day meal and, again, there was not a single little sliver of kale left in the bowl at the end of the meal.  I guessed it was about time that I quit hogging this winner to myself and share it with you.  And I also thought that some of us (ahem) are possibly trying to come down from a sugar/snack/champagne high from Christmas and New Year’s Eve so what better time to share, right?

Garlic-Shallot Vinaigrette on Date & Almond Kale Salad

The salad itself is super simple – kale, dates, almonds and Parmesan cheese. But the dressing is where it’s at – garlic and shallots.  What more do you need!  I have to admit that I made one little adjustment to the dressing – I used STAR Fine Foods garlic-infused olive oil instead of regular EVOO.  You can’t go wrong with adding a little garlic flavor.  My favorite thing about this salad is that it gets better the longer it sits so it’s a great one to make over the weekend and then it’s ready for weekday lunches or a quick side dish for weeknight dinners.

This STAR olive oil has become a staple in our house for lots of things but I think it also just became my favorite vinaigrette oil, too. All the flavor of sweet roasted garlic without actually having to roast it.  STAR Fine Foods Garlic Infused Olive Oil, it is available at select Walmart stores, Raleys and Savemart and on STAR’s website.

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Date & Almond Kale Salad with Garlic-Shallot Vinaigrette

Yield: Serves 8

Prep Time: 5 min

Total Time: 60+ min depending on chill time

A fun and flavorful salad made famous by - obviously - my husband's Aunt Marion. It quickly became a family favorite featuring parmesan cheese, almonds, dates and a homemade garlic-shallot vinaigrette.


for the dressing:
1/4 cup finely diced shallots (1 medium or 2 small)
1/4 cup STAR Fine Foods Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
2 tsp. honey
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp pepper

for the salad:
8 cups Kale, rib removed, washed and torn into pieces
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup almond slices
1/2 cup parmesan cheese


Mix the dressing ingredients together until well-blended. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine kale, dates and almonds and toss to distribute. Add the dressing and mix well to coat the kale. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, up-to overnight. The flavors will intensify as the salad sits. Just before serving, add the parmesan cheese and toss to serve.

Date & Almond Kale Salad with Garlic-Shallot Vinaigrette

I have an ongoing relationship with STAR Fine Foods for recipe development.  This post is sponsored by STAR but as always, all opinions are my own.


26 Responses to “Aunt Marion’s Kale Salad with Garlic-Shallot Vinaigrette”

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    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon — January 3, 2014 @ 7:22 am

    OH, YUM! Cannot wait to try this one, Cassie. I’m all over that dressing! Happy New Year!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 3, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    It doesn’t get any better than this!!! Ironically, I made a healthy side dish at Thanksgiving and like you, everyone was raving about it. I think deep down we are always grateful for a little something nutritious to balance out the other dishes on those holidays. 🙂 Happy New Year friend!

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    Rachel Cooks — January 3, 2014 @ 7:57 am

    This looks wonderful! I love roasted garlic — such great flavor. And the dates in here are perfect to sweeten everything up!

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 3, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    I’m trying to eat more Kale and am not always sure what to do with it, besides put it in my smoothies [with chocolate LOL] but this I could do!

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    Marion Painter — January 3, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    Wow. You have given me way too much credit, but you are right this stuff is the BOMB! Your pictures are great and I am wishing a had a big bowl of this for breakfast right now. Keep up the great work, Cassie!

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    Kristen — January 3, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    This is exactly the kind of thing I need in my life right now! Looks so good!

  7. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — January 3, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    What a beautiful salad! So healthy.

  8. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 3, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    I love the STAR infused olive oils! I am definitely making this salad this weekend! It looks amazing!

  9. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 3, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    What a tasty salad, I love the garlic-shallot dressing!

  10. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — January 3, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    I am now craving a big bowl of this salad. It’s exactly what I need right now!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 3, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    I am all about the kale salads! This version sounds oh-so-tasty.

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    Thyra Sherman — January 3, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    did you use the pre-chopped (and sugared) dates? It sort of looks like you did – which is fine with me! Easier than chopping sticky dates! Can’t wait to make this.

    • Cassie replied: — January 3rd, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      I sure did…that’s what Marion used and (as you mentioned) I didn’t want to mess with chopping sticky dates. I hope you enjoy!

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — January 3, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    Glad you shared! And that garlic infused olive oil sounds outstanding.

  14. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 3, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    Oh, this sounds perfect! Love kale salads!

  15. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 3, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

    ohhhh this salad! I’m on a big salad kick and I love how bright and flavorful this looks and sounds! Thanks for sharing Cassie!

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    Joanne — January 3, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

    I feel like i’ve been living off kale salads lately and can always use new ideas to spruce them up!! That roasted garlic EVOO sounds pretty dreamy for getting the garlic flavor in there but not in a pungent way!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 3, 2014 @ 11:40 pm

    This salad looks fantastic! Star is just my favorite for olive oils!

  18. #
    alex — January 5, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    thank you for sharing! I love kale, but it’s sometimes tough to decide what to do with it!

  19. #
    Gaby — January 6, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    I want this for lunch! So great for kicking off a healthy new year!

  20. #
    leslie — January 6, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

    How dare you not share this recipe sooner 😉

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 8, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    I love that kale salad,unlike most green salads, does get better as it sits. I’m all over the flavors in this delicious bowl of goodness!

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    Jenny @ BAKE — January 10, 2014 @ 7:56 am

    I can’t wait to try this salad! Kale is such a great ingredient I’m always looking for new ways to serve it!

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    Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky — December 26, 2017 @ 6:35 am

    They looked soooo good. I finally got to make this aunt marions kale salad this past weekend and it was such a hit!! I used your suggestion and used 2 teaspoon honey.


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