This week I ventured out to inspect the Kale I had sown late last Fall. They are going great! A few on the out ends were no longer covered with the leaf mulch showing healthy seedlings going strong.
I usually use Kale in soups for that extra nutritional punch and flavor. I now have a new recipe to add to our meals, courtesy of Big guy bites. I rarely watch television, so it was a delight to catch the episode again being aired this week on the food network.
Here for all my fellow gardeners, is a most exquisite Kale salad recipe worthy to the addition of your garden produce recipe box. Not your average salad. It seems fitting to an early spring lunch or dinner side. I can see myself tweaking this a bit being my husband is not a fan of the dried cranberries. Maybe I will use Golden raisins which are my prefernce. I detest the dark raisins. You will not find those in our home. Only box's and box's of the golden variety.Kale salad with Marcona almonds & a sherry Vinaigrette
- 2 oranges
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 bunch fresh kale (about 1 pound)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup Marcona almonds, roughly chopped
For the sherry vinaigrette: Peel the oranges
with a sharp knife. Remove the segments by cutting between the white
membrane of each segment. Squeeze out the 2 tablespoons of juice and
reserve. Combine the olive oil, vinegar, juice and mustard together.
Season with salt and pepper and whisk vigorously. Finish with a squeeze
of lemon juice.
For the kale salad: Remove the tough stems from the kale and
discard. Finely slice the leaves into thin ribbons and toss together
with the cranberries and vinaigrette. Serve on a platter scattered with
orange segments and sprinkled with the almonds.
I am cheating this evening with some Organic Kale purchased from the local health food grocer to accompany our Broccoli & chicken Alfredo pasta. My kale crop has been bumped up in seeding size just so i can serve this salad more often.