Thursday, April 16, 2015

Simple Kale Salad

Kale is a luxury good in Singapore. The only kind I can buy is organic kale imported from the USA, with a commensurate price tag. Because it is not very wallet- or earth-friendly, I buy it rarely. But the urge struck and so I wanted to make something that let the kale stand as the star of the dish.

This is a simple massaged kale salad. It's so simple you don't need a recipe for it. Chop up some kale leaves (ribs removed). Mix a vinaigrette with equal parts oil and vinegar. I used white whine vinegar this time. Then massage the kale with the dressing in a large bowl for about a minute by rubbing it in handfuls in your hands. Add some garnishes, like raisins plumped in hot water and toasted sunflower seeds. Voila, a simple kale salad that showcases the leafy green in all its glory.

Kale's luxury status in my house means that even the ribs are used. I popped them into a brine with some garlic and dill. After three or so days on the counter they will be lacto-fermented pickles.

This simple salad is part of our Eating with Ellie blogging group, since it's based on a recipe found in Ellie Krieger's book, Weeknight Wonders. If you want to join us, next week we are making Asian chicken and vegetables in foil packets from Weeknight Wonders. You are welcome to join us; no long term commitment required. Visit the others in my blogging group to see if they liked the recipe.

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