Sunday, November 1, 2009

Kale Salad!

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Happy Day after Halloween!  Is anyone still on a sugar high – or should I say chocolate high?  I wait all year to eat my fill of candy corn.  It is like crack to me.  I can pass up the candy bars, but give me a pound of candy corn and I can’t be trusted. 

We did fuel up before the Halloween festivities with a great dinner.   Mostly tried and true, except for the salad.  I have only recently started eating kale, and then it’s been only braised, steamed or baked into “kale chips.”  The thought of eating it raw hadn’t really occured to me, until I started seeing it pop up on blogs, and even a local restaurant menu.

So, after browsing the downtown Scottsdale Farmers Market and coming home with some fresh, local kale I was ready to take on Massaged Kale Salad.    I used a combination of about 3 recipes, including the one on the True Food Kitchen website

Massaged Kale Salad

1 bunch of kale (approx. 4 cups) washed and chopped

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

½ tsp sea salt

1/2  avocado

½ tomato, cut in cubes

juice of ¼ fresh lemon

  1. Add olive oil and sea salt to bowl with kale and gently “massage” together for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add avocado and gently keep rubbing ingredients until all of the kale is coated with olive oil
  3. Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice to taste and top with tomatoes
  4. Sprinkle nutritional yeast or parmesan on top (optional)

Optional ingredients:

Pom arils

Carrot, grated

Small pieces of jicama

Garlic clove, smashed

Let it marinate together for a few hours to overnight.  (I found it got tastier the longer it sat.)

I think this is my new favorite kale preparation.  So fresh tasting and not at all tough and bitter.  I can’t wait to make it again. 

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Here is a picture of Ava and Chase in Halloween attire.  Of course as a foodie, I had to dress up my kid in some kind of food related theme. 

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Tired out from the festivities…and she didn’t even have any sugar! 

2 comments:

Mellissa said...

Ava looks so cute in her peapod costume :)

Kelly said...

My goodness, Ava is so big already. You're reminding me that I have a big ol' bunch of kale I need to get through before I go away for the weekend. Man, I am so behind on my produce consumption