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Kale Salad with Avocado, Almonds, and Toasted Nori Recipe

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Total Time: Under 30 Minutes
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Moderate
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Kale Salad with Avocado, Almonds, and Toasted Nori

Photo by: Jennifer Martine

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 bunch kale, thick stems removed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into thin half moons
  • 1 small sweet, crisp apple, sliced thin
  • 1 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced
  • 1 large handful toasted almonds
  • 1/2 sheet nori


Place the kale in a large bowl with the avocado. Add a dash of salt, the garlic, and olive oil. Gently massage everything together for about 3 minutes. The kale will shrink and become darker and more pliable.

Reserve a small handful of the carrot and apple slices for garnish, then gently fold in the carrot and apple to the kale mixture. Taste and season with salt.

Divide the salad among four plates. Top each plate with the sliced carrots, apples, and scallions. Season with pepper. Scatter the almonds on top.

Turn a burner to medium heat, pick up the sheet of nori with a pair of tongs, and pass it over the flame 3 or 4 times. Let the nori cool for a moment, then fold the sheet in half lengthwise and cut with scissors along the crease. Using the scissors, cut several thin ribbons of nori over each plate. This salad can keep for up to a day in the refrigerator.

© 2009 Louisa Shafia


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