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Jan
11

The world needs another Kale Salad recipe


The top selling salad at work is the Kale Carrot.  I made a batch of it yesterday.  It will all be sold out by the end of today.  How much kale is in a batch at a busy deli?  20 large bunches.  8 cups of toasted sunflower seeds and about 25 carrots. 

A few posts back I gave you the recipe for the kale salad we sell at work.  Kale is our new green at home.  I used to make dinner salad with romaine, but it has been replaced with kale.  I love it!  Plus, it has to be better for us than romaine or leafy green lettuce, right?

Lots of good nutrition in that bowl

According to Food Lover’s Companion, kale is a member of the cabbage family.  It is a cruciferous plant (having four-petaled flowers, suggestive of a cross) that provides ample amounts of vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium and iron.  I knew it was better for us than romaine!

So, last night our salad consisted of kale, shredded carrot, red onion, thinly sliced, a handful of chopped walnuts and satsuma wedges.  The satsumas are in season now and are oh, so sweet and juicy.  Be sure to remove the stems from the kale and wash the leaves.  Slice the leaves into thin strips.

Pretty little citrusy dressing

The dressing is what really made this salad outstanding.   Here goes:

1 large spoonful (2 tablespoons) of vegenaise

1 heaping tablespoon of frozen orange juice conentrate

1 tablespoon of orange muscat vinegar (Trader Joe’s)

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

zest of one orange

Whisk it all together in a small bowl and dress salad.  Salad is best if the dressing has a chance to soak into the kale for about 30 minutes or more before serving.  I usually make the salad first and then prepare the rest of our meal.

A microplane is a great tool for zesting

If you don’t have a microplane, you can use a cheese grater.  A microplane is just so much easier to use and you get a finer zest.

A lovely salad for any time of the year

I hope you give this one a try.  We really liked it.  What did I serve this with?  Butternut Squash Ravioli in a garlic veloute sauce topped with Parmesan cheese and sweet and spicy roasted Brussel sprouts.  But it would be good just on it’s own with perhaps a hunk of garlic bread.

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7 Responses to “The world needs another Kale Salad recipe”


  1. January 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    YUM! This looks amazing – please can we come over and have one of your meals with you? 🙂
    My husband is vegetarian, and although I’m not strictly vegetarian, I have become so. Your food looks fabulous and delicious, always!
    Sunshine xx

    • January 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      We would be thrilled to have you and Mr. Sunshine over for dinner. And, of course, after a lovely meal we could all play pool! Great to hear from you, Sunshine!

      Patty

  2. 3 Robert
    January 13, 2011 at 12:35 am

    VampireGran,
    It’s great to see some more food blogs, both the salad and the sweets and even the stats. I enjoyed the holiday cookies immensely. I had intended to share them but somehow that didn’t work out.
    Robert

    • January 13, 2011 at 3:47 am

      Robert,

      I’m trying to post more often. I’m glad you enjoyed your cookies (even if you didn’t share them!). I figure if I balance the good food with the evil food, I’m doing everyone a favor. Looking forward to celebrating your birthday this weekend!

      VG

  3. 5 Anita
    January 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Sweet and spicy Brussels sprouts? Garlic veloute sauce? Sound yummy – did you post those before? (just found your blog)

    • January 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Hello Anita! I’m happy you found my blog and hope you become a regular visitor. No, I have not posted the recipes for the brussels sprouts or garlic veloute sauce. Guess I need to get on that, right? Have a great day!

      VG

  4. 7 Angel Kelly
    February 8, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I was just talking today about growing lots of Kale this season. it is so good to have another recipe. thank you!


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