Kale may be the trendiest green at the moment, but with good reason it truly is a “super” food. It’s not only packed with nutrients and antioxidants, but it is also a great green to use in the kitchen. And anyone can grow it as a cool season vegetable in the garden or in a few pots on the patio.
Kale isn’t one of those fragile greens that gets soft and mushy in a salad overnight. It’ll hold up in your refrigerator for a few days. That’s one reason I’m such a huge fan of this particular salad. It’s simple, delicious and will last for at least three days in the fridge. I promise it just gets better, until it’s gone.
Since bathing suit season is just around the corner, this salad will be gracing the table a little more often. It’s also great to stuff into a container and take to the office, on a job site or maybe just outdoors. I can totally envision taking this yummy goodness on a hike or for a picnic in the garden.
Make this salad and I promise, kale will likely become your favorite green.
Here’s how to make it:
Rinse the kale (5 to 8 large leafs) and cut it up. I actually like to use kitchen scissors to cut it up. A knife and cutting board will do the job just fine as well. Place the chopped kale in a bowl.
Remember: The kale will reduce a bit in size as it is tossed with the dressing and “massaged.”
1/4 cup White Balsamic Vinegar (I use a Teaoil brand. Apple cider vinegar could be substituted.)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil (you can also use olive oil)
Optional toppings: dried cherries and chopped walnuts or fresh strawberries and pecans.
Mix the dressing well and pour a portion of the dressing over the kale. (Note: depending on the amount of kale, you may not need to use all the dressing. Any leftover dressing can be refrigerated for at least 3 weeks.) Toss the kale so that it is well coated. I like to add the dried fruit and nuts at this time. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. It’s even better when refrigerated overnight.