Welcome to my first blog post about kale!
Never in my life did I think I would be blogging about kale; how much I like kale, or about how good it is. But, here I am, so never say never!
So, this is the first year we’ve ever had kale in the garden. I always thought kale was very bitter. But the kale we have planted is called baby kale (or so the seed packet said). This kale is mild and almost sort-of sweet. Not sweet like a carrot, but definitely not bitter, and that’s all that matters!
I know kale has been around forever, I know it has been big down South for a very long time, and I know kale is very, very good for you! I also know some kale can be bitter, but I guarantee you this baby kale is wonderful!
What else do I know about kale? I know that we all really enjoy kale at our house, and even my youngest (Sir Picky Pants) loves kale! So we’ve been doing a lot of different types of kale salad lately.
Kale is also a great source of vitamin C! From a mom’s perspective, that’s pretty much all I need to know.
This fresh crisp kale salad is so refreshing with a nice Summer dinner from the grill. This Strawberry Kale Salad is also one of my favorite spins on kale. If this isn’t your thing, don’t worry, I have other kale salads coming soon.
Strawberry Kale Salad
2 cups baby spinach or torn romaine lettuce
1/2 small, thinly sliced red onion
1 cup fresh halved strawberries
1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds, pecans or walnuts, whichever you prefer
2-4 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (I did not use Gorgonzola here because my husband is lactose-intolerant. But the Gorgonzola really does add a nice touch to the salad).
Strawberry Poppyseed Simply Dressed by Marzetti (all natural vinaigrette)
* You could make a creamy poppy seed dressing, your favorite vinaigrette, or any dressing you choose. Due to my husband being lactose-intolerant we use a vinaigrette for this salad. Plus, we love the natural taste of this dressing!
1. In a large bowl, combine the kale, baby spinach, red onion and strawberries. Shake the dressing well; drizzle desired amount over salad and toss to coat.
2. Sprinkle with toasted nuts, and crumbled Gorgonzola, if desired.
Makes 4 Servings, for a side salad
* Megamommy Notes
Toasted nuts in general always add a nice touch to a salad. If you are looking for something a really special you could caramelize any nut you want to and sprinkle it on top of the salad right before serving.