Kale Salad with Fig-Balsamic Dressing
SERVES 8 | ACTIVE: 30 MIN TOTAL: 30 MIN
Using four kinds of kale makes this salad more fun! This dish can be made up to 8 hours ahead (but save topping with the cheese until just before serving). Cover the salad and chill, then give it a quick toss and top with the Manchego. 3 dried Mission figs, stemmed 1/2 cup EVOO 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 small clove garlic, chopped 16 cups (firmly packed) mixed kale (such as baby kale or stemmed curly, Russian red, or Tuscan) 1/2 cup dried cranberries 4 oz. Manchego cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler
In a small saucepan, cover the figs with an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Boil the figs for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain and transfer to a blender. Add the oil, vinegar, and garlic; puree until smooth. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
Place the kale in a large bowl and add the dressing. Using your hands, massage the dressing into the kale until the leaves start to soften, about 2 minutes; season. Mix in the cranberries. Top with the cheese.