Kale Salad



  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 4 cups finely sliced red cabbage
  • 2 large red bell peppers – seeded, cored, and chopped
  • 2 bulbs fennel, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 bunches kale, leaves stripped from stems and torn into pieces
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced, or to taste


  1. Whisk 1/2 cup lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl until dressing is smooth.
  2. Bring water, wild rice, and butter to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Drain excess liquid and cook uncovered until water is completely evaporated, about 5 minutes more. Stir rice and let cool slightly.
  3. Combine cabbage, red bell peppers, and fennel in the bowl with dressing; toss to evenly coat. Place kale on top of the cabbage mixture and spoon warm wild rice over kale; let sit until kale is slightly wilted, 5 to 10 minutes. Toss until salad is evenly mixed, adding more lemon juice to taste.
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