Pretty good kale salad

So.  Kale was the Wonder Veg, then it went out of style for a sec…

now I think it’s stylish again?

Anyway.

Here’s a recipe for some kale salad that I like to make for parties, as a side dish.

Doctor it up, as needed, of course.  (I will add some ideas for you to peek)

 

Pretty good kale salad:

  • about 3 large bowls worth of full leaves of kale greens
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2-3  extra small lemons or limes (I use meyer lemons), or 1/2 a large lemon…anyway, about 2oz fresh tangy citrus juice
  • 1 small tangerine, or 1/2 large orange…about 2oz fresh sweet citrus juice
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 very ripe tomato
  • 2-4 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste, seasoned salt or onion salt is good!
  • dash of cayenne
  • dash of dried garlic, &/or 1 whole clove
  • dash of cumin
  • snip some scallions over the top
  • sesame seeds to taste
  • 1/4 tsp fresh minced ginger

 

First of all, the most important thing to remember about our friend, Kale, is that it is best absorbed in our bodies when we warm it up, at least just a little.   check out:

http://www.radiancenutrition.com/2011/08/19/put-down-that-kale-smoothie-why-you-should-cook-your-food/

(I mean, I still put kale in my smoothies, but I like using the method I describe here)

So anyway take your fresh hardy greens: kale, mustards, chard, what-have-you from the garden, and then you go ahead and soak those greens in very hot (almost boiling) salt water for at least 30min.  Depending if the greens are tough and bitter, or sweeter and softer, you can change the water out and soak again an additional 30min.  Generally speaking, the spring/summer greens tend to be sweeter and less woody, and the fall/winter greens tend to be tougher and more bitter.  The saltwater also takes care of any stray aphids, which you’ll probably get if you’re gardening organically& don’t have the ladybugs to eat them for you.

Soak those greens in hot salt water, 30min.

Meanwhile, you will want to crush your clove of garlic and leave it sit for at least 10 minutes.  Garlic is best absorbed by our bodies when we give it a chance to oxidize a little.  See here:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60

 

Now go on and add your carrots to the hot saltwater bath.  They should soak for a good 5-10 minutes.  Wash them off first.  Dont peel the outside layer, cuz that’s the best one!

 

Squeeze/strain the citrus juice into a very large bowl.

Add the minced ginger and other spices.

Take some kitchen scissors to the tomato, julienne it right into the bowl!

Mix all this up w/ about 1/2 of the portion of oil.

Shred the apple directly into the bowl.

Rinse carrots& shred directly into bowl.

Now add garlic, since it’s had a chance to breathe.

Mix everything up, add remaining oil.

Now strain and rinse the greens, and then take your kitchen scissors and snip them into the bowl.

Toss the salad.

Sprinkle some sesame seeds and snip some scallions over the top.

 

Et voila!  You now have yourself a pretty good kale salad.  Enjoy

 

Ideas/variations/jazz it up:

  • add fresh sweet corn
  • add fresh pomegranate seeds or juice
  • use tonight’s salad in tomorrow’s smoothie
  • try sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, or shaved almonds
  • add feta, cotija, or crumbled goat cheese
  • garnish with dried cranberries
  • add fresh cilantro or parsley

 

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