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30 Days of Summer Meals: Dine Like a Star on RivaBella's Baby Kale Salad

Kale is still having a moment and celeb-loved restaurant RivaBella makes one lovely salad with the trendy greens. Celebs like Stacy Keibler, Giuliana Rancic and Halle Berry flock to the West Hollywood restaurant for its fine dining take on Italian but you can enjoy their Baby Kale Salad with Crispy Guanciale and Cara Cara Oranges by following the recipe they were kind enough to provide OK!. Buono Appetito!

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Baby_Kale_Salad-125Baby Kale Salad with Crispy Guanciale and Cara Cara Oranges
courtesy of RivaBella

2 ½ oz. baby kale
¼ oz. fine julienne red onion
¼ oz. crispy guanciale
8 cara cara orange segments
1 ½ oz. burnt meyer lemon vinaigrette (see below)

1. Toss kale, red onions and vinaigrette together in a bowl.
2. Garnish with orange segments and guanciale

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Burnt Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette from RivaBella

2 meyer lemons, zested & juiced
5 oz. extra virgin olive oil
10 oz. canola oil

1. Toss meyer lemon zest in a small amount of the evoo (¼ oz.) and place on a baking sheet.
2. Char the zest in a very hot oven, a wood-burning oven is preferred, 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Combine lemon zest and juice in blender and turn on to medium speed.
4. Slowly add the evoo and canola oil until completely mixed.
5. Season with salt and pepper & strain through a fine sieve.

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