Kale?

I’ve been almost morally opposed to kale for as long as I remember. There’s absolutely no good reason for this. My granny grew kale in her garden. She ate all sorts of crazy stuff because she had more food allergies than anyone I’ve ever known. When I visited her, she tried to feed me kale, flax meal, linzer (okay, that was actually totally delicious).

I’m 40 now and my pantry is resembling my granny’s. Unfortunately, she’s not here to share her recipes with me.

Until recently, I hadn’t braved my aversion to kale. When I was helping a friend organize her house and she offered me kale salad for lunch. I was hungry, but I didn’t want to waste perfectly good food because I don’t like kale. The thing is, I’m not sure I ever tried kale. Since I ask my son to try at least two-bites of new food, so I figured I better do the same. I said I’d love to try a little bit.

It was delicious. I asked her for the recipe a few times because I had no faith I could reproduce it and I wanted kale salad! But she wasn’t the one who had made the salad. She got it as part of a food co-op. I am so grateful Amy kept trying to get the recipe. Though the woman didn’t totally remember how she made it, she sent an email with what she thought she did plus the link for the kale salad recipe she based it off of. I kind of did a combo of both.

Citrus Kale Salad

  • Kale, washed, and removed from the stems. See the original kale salad recipe for instructions.
  • Toasted garbanzo beans, canned or precooked. I do mine in a crock pot overnight. To toast spread on baking sheet lightly coated in canola oil with salt and pepper, 400° for about 20 min–can be made up to 4 hours ahead OR in frying pan to get slightly crisped edge and not have to plan so far in advance.
  • Toasted slivered almonds
  • Dried cherries
  • Toss with oranges and fresh squeezed orange juice.

The chickpeas and almonds add protein, cherries and oranges for sweet, and kale is super nutritious.

Yum!! It was totally worth trying kale. The next night, I used the rest of the bunch to make sauteed kale. Next week I’ll try it steamed. Do you like kale? Please comment with your favorite recipe. I want to know.

3 comments to Kale?

  • jocelyn

    Kale is the best! Put it in soup, in eggs, in stir-frys — roast it, toast it, dry it. Yum, Yum, Yum.

  • Gray

    The first time I ever had kale was with Peter and his family. The way they made it was, first saute garlic, pine nuts, and raisins in EVOO. Remove. Saute kale in the same oil and then mix together in the pan and add a little salt. Delicious!

  • Alex

    This salad sounds very delicious, will try and make it. Thank you for sharing.

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