Holiday Salad

 

It’s a seasonal dilemma – is there room for a salad as part of a holiday spread? Let’s face it – some salads just won’t cut it – destined to be overlooked by your guests in search of other goodies to pile on their plates. This salad is a game changer! Complete with salty bacon, sweet cranberries, fresh kale, crunchy walnuts, and tangy dressing. It’s also gorgeous – fit for any holiday table!

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Holiday Salad
This salad tastes better the longer it sits. Make it ahead (dressing and all) and store in the fridge. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Serves 6

4 ounces bacon, chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1 clove garlic, minced
8 cups chopped kale
1 medium pear, thinly sliced
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup diced Manchego cheese

Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Cook bacon in a nonstick skillet until crispy, transfer bacon and any renderings aside to cool slightly. In a large bowl combine oil, vinegar, mustard, honey and garlic; season with salt and pepper and whisk well. Add cooked bacon to dressing and stir to coat. Add remaining ingredients and toss well.

Nutrition Info Per Serving:
Calories: 297;  Total Fat: 19 grams; Saturated Fat: 5 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 21 grams; 
Sugars: 10 grams; Protein: 14 grams; Sodium:  690 milligrams; Cholesterol: 37 milligrams
; Fiber: 3 grams

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