This Lemon-Kale Salad With Make You Pucker & Smile
It's easy to toss a few bags of chips and a bowl of guac out on a picnic blanket, but take things up a healthy notch and prepare an easy-to-make nutritious salad that will travel well and, hopefully, make everyone smile. Instead of using basic lettuces, plenty of leafy and spring greens abound to make a more robust salad chock full of nutrients.
Raw kale has gained favor lately and with good reasons: It is crunchy, flavorful and incredibly nutritious. Chef Josh Kroner of Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck, N.Y. — a farm-to-table spot that sources much of its food locally from farmers around Upstate New York — prefers to use lacinato kale (also known as dinosaur or Tuscan kale) in this salad, because it is more tender, when eaten raw, than the more common curly leaf kale. This salad shows what great flavors you can create with just a few simple ingredients.
Kroner suggests pairing this salad with a nice Riesling, Prosecco or rosé as the sweetness in the wine would balance the earthiness of the kale and cheese and the citrus zest. Need an entree suggestion? Grill up some chicken breast and serve it alongside the salad or slice it up and put it on top.
Chef Josh Kroner's Lemon-Kale Salad with Parmigianno ReggianoIngredients:
- 1 bunch lacinato (aka Tuscan) kale, cleaned and coarsely chopped
- 2 oz. Parmigianno
Reggiano (or similar hard cheese), coarsely grated
- 2 T pine
- ¼ cup lemon-oregano
vinaigrette (see recipe below)
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Combine kale, cheese and pine nuts in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, top with vinaigrette and toss thoroughly. Add grilled chicken (optional).
- 2 T lemon
- 2 T rice
- 2 T vidalia
- 1 tsp Dijon
- 1 T fresh
- 1 T honey
- 1 tsp hot
- 1 cup safflower
oil (you can substitute canola oil)
- Coarse kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Combine first seven ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined thoroughly. While continuing to whisk, add oil in a thin stream. After oil is incorporated, season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over salad.