Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Lemon Kale Salad

It's that time of year again!  Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) veggies have started and it is kale season.  We all know that kale is so much more than a lame garnish on the side of your plate at the burger joint. It is being hailed as a Super Food (I actually can't stand that term) it has been accredited with lowering cholesterol, reducing the risk of cancer not to mention that it is high in beta carotene, vitamin C and rich in calcium.

But like most things that are good for us, many people don't know what to do with it to make it taste good.  The well intentioned bunch of green goodness ends up wilting a sad death in the bottom of the crisper.  Well, wilt no longer! I know many love to make green smoothies, but my new favourite way to eat kale is in this salad.  I recently had a mum ask me how I get kale into my kids, this is one sure fire way.  In fact I made this for supper the other night with  an Italian tray bake and they actually wanted to eat this salad instead.  It is lemony, cheesy, flavourful and super satisfying. So if you are like me with a load of kale coming your way, I highly recommend you make this salad.  If you made my lemon pasta, you will find the flavours very similar.  In fact I think this would be really good stirred into that pasta dish.  What are your favourite ways to eat kale?

Lemon Kale Salad

1 good size bunch of kale
4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice of one lemon
1 garlic clove minced (more is not better)
small pinch of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Wash your kale, cut the spine out and slice into ribbons or small pieces.  Add to a large serving bowl.
In a separate bowl, add your Extra Virgin Olive Oil and whisk in the lemon juice until it emulsifies.  If you have a small lemon, taste the dressing, you may need to use two.  

Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and season to taste.  

Pour over your kale and give it a good stir.  

Next add your grated Parmigiano Reggiano and let sit for 5 minutes.  Just before serving, add a bit more grated cheese if you like.  

This could easily be eaten for a lunch on its own with a good piece of bread but it is a wonderful salad to serve with anything you eat.  I bet your kids will even love it!

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