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Roka Salad with Fig-Balsamic Dressing

Roka Salad with Fig-Balsamic Dressing

Notes

If you prefer a sweeter dressing, add a little more minced fig. If you like a spicier dressing, stir in a little additional mustard and freshly ground black pepper.

If you opt for a different salad dressing, make sure it has either a Greek yogurt or olive oil base.

Ingredients

For the fig-balsamic dressing

  • ¼ Cup fig-infused balsamic vinegar or regular balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon stoneground or Dijon mustard
  • 2 dried figs, minced
  • ¼ Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the salad

  • 1 10-ounce bag arugula, prewashed
  • 3 dried figs, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) shaved Kefalograviera cheese or Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoon (or 1 ounce) chopped almonds

Servings4

Calories Per Serving243

Folate equivalent (total)74µg19%


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I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing

I love this Kicked Up Kale Salad with Fig Balsamic Dressing because the kale will hold up with the dressing on it for hours on end. This makes it a great salad for parties, bringing with you on the go and for making ahead. The kale actually softens up and absorbs the flavors of your dressing too.

Speaking of the dressing. This home made Fig Balsamic Dressing blows the store bought stuff out of the water! It is sweet and tangy with real fresh flavors that you can identify from the herbs, figs and balsamic vinegar. All of the preservatives, strange oils and extra nonsense that is added to so many dressings these days aren’t there to mask the true flavors of your ingredients. You can also adjust the amounts of ingredients if you’d like to make it the consistency thicker or thinner.

Since the kale will soften a bit as time goes on, I like to add other textures to the mix. While making this version, I wasn’t eating nuts, seeds or dairy. I was on a strict autoimmune protocol (aip) diet at the time. So I added toasted coconut chips and apple for crunch and flavor. This salad would be also great with goat cheese and pecans, if they are in your diet. If you are vegan or vegetarian, just leave out the chicken. It will still be delicious! The options are limitless really!


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