Kale Salad

by Kimberly Hickok

Recently I did some informal research using Twitter. The tweet? “What veggies WILL your kids eat?’

@AmandaMagee: “Cucumbers, corn, peas, cherry or grape tomatoes, broccoli, celery, sugar snap peas”

@susie_parker: “my oldest loves Brussel sprouts and radishes. Yes, really.”

@pamelaleefisher: “broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, celery- raw only and Hidden Valley Ranch essential.”

@kmdougan: “3yo: raw carrots, raw red and yellow bell peppers, peas, corn. 7yo: most anything”

@lemead: “greens – lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, and only raw”

@SullivanTara: “beets & beet greens, parsnips & carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower (w/cheese), broccoli, kale, spinach (esp from Farmer’s Market)”

Impressive, huh? Then a side conversation about ways to prepare kale ensued – from kale chips to these variations on kale salad. A few recipe suggestions:

@pamelaleefisher shared a recipe for kale salad: “Kale, Parmesan, grape tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper. So good”

@lemead also offered a kale salad recipe: “Slice it up really thin (shred, I guess), olive oil, lemon juice, grated parmesan: salad-style.”

Needless to say, all this kale talk left me with a hankering for kale prepared as a salad in some way. My inspiration? The Farmer’s Market. Last week there was loads of fresh kale and then I stumbled across this lovely, locally-made blue cheese (R&G Cheese) and that did it for me.

Cow's milk blue cheese. It's called 'Ballston Blue' because the cow's milk comes from Ballston Spa, NY.

This blue cheese is made from cow’s milk. It’s called ‘Ballston Blue’ because the dairy is located in Ballston Spa, NY.

I can’t tell you how many this will serve because I ate the entire bowl, with the exception of about a half cup, myself.

Kale Salad (2)


Kale Salad
6-8 cups of sliced young, tender fresh kale – about one medium-sized bunch 
2 – 3 ounces blue cheese
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
For the dressing:
1/3 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Mature kale greens can be a little tough which is why they lend themselves especially well to chips or to cook. For this recipe, the kale isn’t cooked so it’s important to use a young, tender or baby kale. Slice very thin similar to the way you would slice cabbage for slaw. Place in a large bowl and then add the crumbled cheese, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and onion.

Combine the dressing ingredients. Taste. Adjust as needed and then dress the kale. Since kale is a hardier green, you can dress this salad in advance without worrying about it wilting the salad. In my opinion, this salad is even better after it sits in the dressing for about 15 minutes or so. 


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