This salad has been a huge hit at many of my retreats this fall, and was so frequently requested that I've decided to share it here. If pomegranates are not in season, you can omit them or use dried cranberries in their place to maintain a sweet-and-sour kick.
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 t. salt
¼ c. olive oil
1 bunch curly green kale, de-ribbed and cut into thin ribbons
¼ c. walnuts, chopped coarsely
2 pounds red beets, peeled and shredded
½ c. pomegranate arils (what are commonly called seeds)
Whisk together vinegar, mustard and salt in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly, until dressing is emulsified.
Place prepared kale in a large bowl and pour dressing over it. Use your hands to massage the dressing into the kale until it becomes noticeably softer. Let kale marinate for 20-30 minutes.
While kale marinates, toast walnuts in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for 4-5 minutes, until fragrant and slightly darker. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Add beets, pomegranate arils and toasted walnuts to the kale and stir well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.