Presented by Fran Scibelli
one bag Tuscan kale (darker, oblong leaf as opposed to the curly kale)
sweetened, dried cranberries
honey-toasted sliced almonds
Grana Padano cheese, grated (Fran purchased a container of already-grated cheese)
Cut kale in thin ribbons, then rinse in cold water. Place in a salad spinner to dry. Mix remaining ingredients with kale, amounts as desired. Set aside.
Fran actually prepares this salad in her restaurant, Fran's Filling Station. You can purchase lemon vinaigrette or make your own. The recipe below makes about 1 cup. Fran recommends over-dressing the salad, mixing in advance and letting it sit a bit before serving. In station taste-tests, this salad was a HUGE hit.
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
minced shallot, as desired (optional)
sea salt and fresh-ground pepper, to taste
touch of honey, to taste