1 bunch Tuscan (lacinato) kale (washed, dried, ribs removed)
1 1/4 cups wild rice or long-grain brown rice (cooked)
1 apple (peeled, cored, finely diced)
1/4 cup pine nuts, hazelnuts, or walnuts (toasted)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (optional)
1 – inch piece fresh ginger (peeled)
1 small clove garlic (peeled)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil
For the Salad: Stack a few kale leaves and roll them like a cigar, then thinly slice them crosswise into ribbons. Remove to a large bowl.
For the Dressing: Peel the ginger and grate it on a microplane into a medium bowl. Gather the grated ginger in your fingers and squeeze to release the ginger juice, then discard the pulp. Grate the garlic into the bowl with the ginger juice. Whisk in the vinegar, maple syrup, salt, and pepper to taste. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to emulsify.
Pour the dressing over the kale and toss to combine. Add the wild rice and apple and toss to combine. Let the salad sit for 10 minutes, then sprinkle with the nuts and pomegranate seeds (if using) and serve.
Tip: To toast the pine nuts, place them in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.