Kale is just starting to get used to the spotlight. A couple of years ago, most people had never even heard of this leafy green and now those same people are happy to massage it for a fresh kale salad recipe. With more than 50 different ways to prepare this antioxidant-rich green, preparing a kale salad recipe is definitely one of the simplest -- and maybe one of our favorites.

But don't worry, this kale salad recipe isn't all health and nutrition. It's topped with perfectly browned pancetta to add a little heft and freshly-candied pecans for a surprising sweetness.

Get the Kale & Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans recipe

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