Tuesday, February 15, 2011

salad days

This morning, after taking the kids to school I stopped at the grocery store. As my favorite cashier helped me check out, she said, “I have to know what you’re planning to do with all this kale.” I had two huge bunches in my cart. Before I knew it, I’d outlined what I’ve been eating for lunch nearly every day for weeks, to her and to the two women behind me in line.

I love the earthy flavor of kale. And I love a simple salad. The original recipe calls for mustard greens mixed in with the kale, but my grocery store doesn't tend to stock them, and the kale is nice by itself. Also, it calls for brown rice vinegar. I don’t have any on hand, so I’ve been using rice wine vinegar, and I like the result.

Kale Salad with Apples and Hazelnuts
slightly adapted from Amanda Hesser's recipe as posted on Food 52

1 bunch (about 5 cups) curly kale, torn into small pieces
2 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced on the bias (I’ve made it without these, and like it either way)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar or rice wine vinegar
Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper
1 tart apple
1/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped and toasted
1/4 cup pecorino romano or parmesan, shaved with a vegetable peeler

1. In a large bowl, combine the kale, scallions, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper with your hands. Rub the dressing into the greens. Let the salad sit while you prepare the rest.

2. Core and thinly slice the apple. Add the apples to the salad and gently fold together so they don't break in half. Taste and adjust seasonings.

3. Spread the salad on a platter. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts and cheese shavings.

Serves 2 as a meal.


Emily Vanessa said...

I just love kale too and am so grateful to you for this salad recipe. Apples are a great addition to any salad too.

Purple Flowers said...

Very healthy and satisfying! Thank you for sharing.

Jessica said...

kale is delish--I find myself craving more and more salad as the seasons slowly change.

pve design said...

looks lovely and so healthy!
thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

You've got me intrigued!

briana said...

I have a kale salad recipe that I have made 3 times in the last week. I can't seem to get enough of it. I'm wondering if it is satisfying something I am deficient in. Thanks for another recipe to try.

KPiep said...

My parents overdid the kale in their garden a few years ago, and since then I just can't stand the stuff.

Arugala, though....now that's what's got me going right now.

Darcy said...

Thank you, this was the perfect lunch!!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...


Darcy said...

i know this is the most random comment ever, but we just found out that my father has chosen to forgo chemo and go into hospice and it's just been a pretty crappy day in general and I'm now on my third bowl of this salad and it literally has been the only good thing about my day, so thank you.

Francesca said...

I never had raw kale. I eat raw cabbage, the pale green and smooth leafed kind, but never tried curly kale uncooked before!

Char said...

i tend to not like kale but this salad would be good with any greens i think. yum