Friday, May 25, 2012

Kale Salad

I had a kale salad at a restaurant once and it was amazing.  I never thought something called kale could taste so good.  When I went back to the same restaurant, specifically to eat this salad again, they did't have it on the menu anymore.  Instead, they had something that closely resembled cat food.  It even came in the shape of a can, flipped strait from the can onto my plate.  I didn't know any other restaurants that served kale salad, and it was obvious that if I wanted to get my kale salad fix, I was gonna have to make it myself.

There are different kinds of kale.  You can pick any kind, just try to get younger leaves (thinner and softer) because kale tends to be tough.  After trying different kinds of kale for this salad, I concluded that Russian kale works the best.  Any supermarket sells kale.  Natural food stores will have more kale verities than regular supermarkets.  I would avoid buying already cut kale in a bag, because it tends to be really tough, even for cooking.

Kale is from the cabbage family, and everything from the cabbage family is extremely healthy.  Not only that kale salad provides many nutritional benefits, it is also low in cholesterol, fresh, natural, easy and quick to prepare.  

4  kale leaves
1 ripe tomato, sliced
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 cut chopped cucumber
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp honey
salt and pepper to taste

Wash kale leaves and shake them dry.  Pull the stems out.  Pull or cut the leaves into smaller pieces.  In a salad bowl, mix vinegar, salt, pepper and honey.  Mix in the chopped kale leaves and makes sure they all get coated with this dressing.  use your hands to massage the dressing into the leaves.  This will help tenderize them.  Leave them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to rest.  

While the massaged kale is resting, chop up the rest of the ingredients.  You can put anything you normally eat in a salad.  The other day I made a kale salad with avocado and tomatoes.  Add the rest of the ingredients together with olive oil to the salad bowl and mix it all together.  Serve cold with dinner.  



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