Summer may be over but salads are still in season. In fact, green leafy greens like lettuce thrives in cool weather — making it the perfect crop for autumn. I got this idea for this said from a few homegrown jalapeños in my garden. I definitely love combining sweet citrus flavors with a spicy kick, so I figured, why not translate this to a salad?

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I created this extremely easy jalapeño vinaigrette that came out better than I could have expected. Spicy food is not only delicious, but it also helps kick your metabolism into full gear. And if you don’t have a high spice tolerance — this dressing isn’t as spicy as it seems!

INGREDIENTS

For the salad:

  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1 lime, freshly juiced
  • 2 medium-sized jalapeño, charred and minced
  • 2-3 tablespoon capers
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS

1. To make salad: Finely chop kale and mix in a large bowl with chopped walnuts, cranberries and orange.

2. To make dressing, whisk lime juice, jalapeno, capers, garlic, cilantro, olive oil, and vinegar until smooth. Toss with rest of ingredients.

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