May 23, 2015

simple kale salad


I love kale and this salad is delicious!!  For being so simple the flavor is anything but, with the sweetness from the currents, nuttiness from the pine nuts and parmesan, and then you add the lemon juice!  Amazing.  I know some people have put off trying it or aren't quite as "on board" with it as I am, but I actually prefer it to normal lettuce.  I think it holds it's texture much better, without becoming soggy and has great flavor.  I often use it instead of lettuce and here is another reason why....

Kale, also known as a super food, is rich in potassium, folate, vitamin C, and phytochemicals.  It is one of the many cruciferous vegetables (in the same family as broccoli and cabbage) which has been shown to fight cancer with it's complex chemical composition. 

See... it doesn't get any better!:)

Servings 4-6
Total Time 15 minutes

  • 2 bunches of lacinato or dinosaur kale, stems removed, rinsed, and thinly sliced... almost shredded (tips and tricks: how to easily thinly slice your greens)
  • 2/3 cup currants or raisins
  • 1-2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • course salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese plus some for serving

1.  In a large bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.

2.  Add the kale, currants, pine nuts, and parmesan to bowl and stir until well coated.

3.  Top with any additional cheese and enjoy!!!

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