Cranberry Orange Vinaigrette and Kale

 Oh the shame of it all. I have a little problem with self control.  I hit a bunch of country markets yesterday and got carried away with purchases.  I couldn't help it.  There were so many fresh Fall vegetables and apples and cider everywhere.  This is a big black garbage bag full of kale and collards.

 Fresh broccoli.

 Ida Red apples, turnips, acorn squash and more kale.  We eat kale almost every day, especially in salads but other ways as well.  I will be showing what I turn all of this into over the next few days.
Though I am not cooking for the shelter these days, I've found a new pursuit. I have adopted a small town.  It is the poorest town in our region and along with it's mayor, we are trying to help the people that live there and turn the town around. Recently, I made several hundred rolls and cooked 8 pork butts and made gallons of cole slaw.  The Blog Tech and his dad spent a Saturday afternoon passing out pulled pork sandwiches to everyone that lives there. So, none of this food will go to waste.  I have lots of people to give it to.

 My favorite salad dressing for our kale salads is a cranberry orange vinaigrette.  I've already made my cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving and used it in this.  You can use any cranberry sauce you like, even out of a can!  Put 1/3 C. of cranberry sauce in a bowl.  Add 1 T. dijon mustard, 2 T. white balsamic vinegar, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 C. apple cider, S & P, the zest of 1 orange (add this after the dressing is prepared) and the juice from that orange. Use an immersion blender to puree and drizzle in about 2/3 C. of olive oil.  Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. 

I will post the salad soon.  I made some yesterday but forgot to take the photos.


I've tried to like kale. I really have. But alas, I have failed.
The only members of the cabbage family I don't like are cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, the rest I love :-)

I rarely use dressing to be honest, I usually only have some lemon juice but I can't even pretend I don't like dressing though. I think I'm just too lazy to make any :-)

How interesting to read about Your new project!

Have a great day!
Laurie M said…
wow, lots of fresh food, you have lots to work with there lol, such a big heart you have, your whole family, are such givers!!
Susie said…
I may not eat as many fresh veggies as I should...but I love seeing them. My favorite things to eat with fresh things is slaw. Just love it. Blessings, xoxo,Susie
It is wonderful how you opened your heart to others in need. I hope your project is successful. I LOVE kale and your cranberry orange vinaigrette sounds delish.
Mary Ann said…
If that is the dressing, it looks wonderful!
Cottage Tails said…
oh you are a wonderful woman! I'm sure you are going to make such a difference in many of the towns folks lives
Guillaume said…
Yummy! My kind of vinaigrette.
:):) You just make me want to smile. All of you!!
Susan said…
That vinaigrette sounds fantastic! And I just happen to have a raised-bed-full of kale...
Jim said…
This looks like an excellent salad dressing! I will have to find white balsamic vinegar.........ours is a dark one.
I like baby kale and we get it often. I have steamed 'adult' kale and love it with olive oil/balsamic.
chickpea678 said…
What a gorgeous-colored dressing!