For more than a year now, kale has succeeded in holding the titled “prima dona” position of most nutritious vegetable in the current food world. At the moment, no other vegetable has stepped into that position to replace it. Whether one has acquired a taste for kale or just has a natural appetite or appreciation for it, the fact remains that this versatile green is such a rich source of so many valuable nutrients, surpassing even Popeye’s proverbial spinach.
I think it’s obvious that I’m a kale enthusiast and I enjoy it prepared in many different ways. However the first time I heard that kale salad was going to be on the convent dinner menu, I had strong reservations about eating it uncooked and did not look forward to it. When others who sampled it before me started exclaiming over it I was curious to give it a try. One taste led to another and before I knew it I had joined those singing its praise.
The very next day I experimented with my own version of the dish and was amazed at the variations that were possible with this hearty winter salad. Try having fun with it yourself and see what interesting versions you can come up with.
CHANGE SERVING SIZEpeople
READY IN1 hr (or overnight)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine or balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/2 shallot
- pinch of salt
- pinch of freshly ground pepper
- 4 cups finely chopped kale
- Pour dressing over 1 bunch (4 cups) finely chopped kale
- Toss well and let set for an hour or two or overnight.
- Stir in desired amount of fruits and vegetables of your choice. I started off with roasted beets and butternut squash, walnuts and pomegranate seeds and craisins and liked this combination. The next time I varied it with fresh raspberries, chopped apples and bacon bits. Experiment and do whatever combination you most prefer.