KaleSalad_RabbitHillFrom the Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, VT comes this raw kale salad that has a complexity of flavors that make it a stand-out dish at any gathering this summer!

Raw Kale Salad with Pickled Apples, Black Barley, Walnut Brittle, and Curry Vinaigrette


Ingredients & Preparation of the Walnut Brittle:

1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup water & ¼ tsp distilled vinegar (mixed)
¼ cup walnut pieces
Pinch of salt
Pinch of Baking soda


In a shallow pan, lined with parchment paper, spread walnuts. Set aside.
In a sauce pan, heat water/vinegar and sugar until light brown.
Remove from heat, add salt & baking soda. Stir well. Pour liquid over walnuts. Allow to cool. Chop into pieces and sprinkle over completed salad before serving.

Ingredients & Preparation of Pickled Apples:

3 cups water
3 cloves
2 cups Champagne vinegar
3 allspice berries (or ¼ tsp ground allspice)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 lemon peel (not zest, peel strips from 1 lemon)
1 vanilla bean, split & scraped
3 apples, cored, diced
1 cinnamon stick


Combine all ingredients except apples in a sauce pan, over high heat. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 15 minutes. Place apples in a large bowl, pour liquid over apples. Allow to pickle overnight. Save some pickling liquid for the vinaigrette recipe below.

Ingredients & Preparation of Curry Vinaigrette: Will need blender

1 medium onion – diced
2 Tbsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
2 Bay Leaves
5 Cardamom Pods (or ½ tsp ground)
1 tsp Fenugreek
3 Cloves
½ cup Coriander
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup & 1 Tbsp Grapeseed Oil
1 tsp peppercorns
½ cup Apple Pickling Liquid (recipe below)


Sauté onion and spices in 1 Tbsp Grapeseed oil until tender.
Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. Set aside.
Serve at once or keep warm.

Ingredients & Preparation of Black Barley:

2 cups of Black Barley
½ cup onion, finely diced
2 qts vegetable stock or water
2 Bay leaves
2 Tbsp Grapeseed oil

In a medium size sauce pan, heat oil on high heat
Sauté onion and bay leaves until onion is clear
Add barley and toast lightly (until it smells like toasted bread)
Add vegetable stock (or water) and simmer until tender
Drain liquid and chill barley


Prepare & Assemble Salad:

4-6 cups of chopped kale, center ribs & stems removed, washed well

On individual serving plates, place even portions of barley and kale. Add apples. Dress with vinaigrette. Sprinkle top with crushed walnut brittle.

*Recipe and image courtesy of BNBFinder.com*