Tuesday, July 3, 2012

kale salad

It seems that everyone has been talking about how good kale is for you. But what I want to say is that it is delicious! Especially served in a simple salad. Lately, inspired by this recipe from Heidi Swanson at 101cookbooks, we have been enjoying kale dressed with olive oil, red pepper, lemon juice and parmesan.

First, wash the kale well, dry, and then slice the leaves off the tough center stems. I usually slice the leaves again so the pieces are a bit thinner. In a small bowl, mix together about three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, the juice of one lemon and a scant 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (less if you prefer less heat). Then mix in a handful of grated parmesan. Pour it over the kale and toss well until coated, garnishing with a bit more parmesan. I am sure it is also delicious with toasted breadcrumbs and garlic as prepared by Heidi. Preferably enjoyed on a back deck with lemonade!

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