I [Heart] Kale
I made a CRAVEWORTHY kale salad last weekend that I’ve been meaning to post here. I found it on Epicurious.com when I searched “kale brussels sprouts salad” (trying to clean out the fridge), and I can’t wait to make it again. It was super easy, unique, memorable, and a great accompaniment to our main dish that night, turkey chili. The kids didn’t like it much (I save their kale for smoothies), but at least they could tell that we did (the bowl was scraped clean).
Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad(from Bon Appetit, November 2011)
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1 small garlic clove, finely grated
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large bunches of Tuscan kale (about 1 1/2 pounds total), center stem discarded, leaves thinly sliced
- 12 ounces brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded with a knife
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/3 cup almonds with skins, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup finely grated Pecorino
Combine first six ingredients in a bowl and stir; set aside. Mix thinly sliced kale and shredded brussels sprouts in a large bowl; set aside. Saute almonds in a teaspoon of oil over medium-high heat until browned. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with salt. Whisk oil into lemon juice mixture. Toss ingredients together, add salt if necessary, add cheese and serve! Saves well for leftovers the next day too!
I live in a household where kale can only be snuck into smoothies…even for my hubby. However, I’m still going to try this one out on them. Maybe even tonight:)
Smoothies is also the vehicle for kale in our house. I really liked your viewpoint on the kids seeing you eat healthy. I too prescrip to that mindset. It has been my hope that by seeing me eat loads of veggies, the girls will eventually pick it up. It seems to be working. V will eat almost anything put in front of her now, all vegetables included. S is still resistant, but once I give her a spoonful or two, she’ll eat some of it. I figure some is better than none.
Yum – going to try this one! How did kale get so popular lately, anyway? I feel like I hardly ever heard about it – then boom. Mega popularity.
A few weeks ago, I bought baby kale by mistake (I wanted baby arugula). It was delicious! I bet it would be good in this salad (and less work – always a plus!). I look forward to trying this.