Fresh Kale Salad with Peanut and Lime Dressing

A surefire crowd pleaser! The lively dressing showcases nutritious, crunchy fresh kale in an especially tasty and colorful salad. A fine first course or appetizing lunch dish.

1 tablespoon peanut butter, chunky or smooth
4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
 (be sure to buy the “seasoned” kind which is slightly sweetened and important in this recipe)
8 tablespoons peanut, olive or canola oil
¾ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 clove garlic, finely minced
juice of 1 large fresh lime
½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon each, salt and freshly ground pepper

1 large bunch kale, center ribs removed, leaves cut into very thin ribbons
1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper cut into ½ inch dice
4-6 whole scallions, thinly sliced
1 large red apple, cut into julienne strips
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
garnish: ½ cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid. Shake thoroughly to blend well. In a large salad bowl, combine greens, bell pepper, scallions, apple, cilantro. Toss thoroughly with dressing, sprinkle over nuts and serve.
Serves 6

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