Monday, April 15, 2013

SRC- Kale Salad

Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that all of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This months assignment was  really exciting!  I was assigned On the Move-In the Galley, I have seen other members of SRC cook from this site and I have always thought the recipes sounded wonderful.  I have a few recipes saved for later, like these yummy Stuffed Mushrooms Plus Sausage and Pasta and this amazing Bacon and Date Tart. I chose to make This delicious Kale Salad because A: I gave up (or rather limited) my carbs in an attempt to lose weight for my sister's wedding. B:  I LOVE kale!!

Would you like to know what I thought of this dish?  I couldn't get enough - seriously!  Even though I made enough for leftovers the next day I decided that next time I am doubling it so I can have it for lunch and dinner too the next day (and maybe an afternoon snack as well.)  I made a few adjustments to the original recipe.  I did not have currants or pine nuts as called for in the recipe so I subbed cranberries and roasted sunflower seeds.  Sooo gooood!  Sweet Girl said it was her favorite kale dish yet...enjoy!!!

recipe modified from On The Move-In The Galley

2 tablespoons dried cranberries
7 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, divided
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 bunches of kale (about 1 pound), center ribs and stems removed, leaves torn
2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
Parmesan cheese shavings

Place cranberries in a small bowl and add 5 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar. Let soak overnight (I only did this for about an hour or two.) You could drain when done but I chose to use the vinegar int he salad along with the rest of the ingredients.

Whisk remaining 2 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, honey, oil, and salt in large bowl. Add the torn kale, cranberries, and sesame seeds; toss to coat. I learned this next part from The Chew, when eating raw kale it's a good idea to massage the dressing into the kale for a while to help soften the kale a little bit and really let it absorb the flavors.  Now let it sit and marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature, tossing occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese shavings over salad and serve.

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  1. You know, I have never tried kale salad. It's not my favorite leafy green....but this salad really does sound good, especially with the cranberries and parmesan cheese. Nice recipe!

  2. I have some kale going bad in the fridge, what a great way to use it. I bought it b/c it looked beautiful but did not have any thoughts on cooking it:

    1. when you said you had leftovers, can I marinate this bf I leave the house for soccer and still enjoy it 2 hours later??

  3. YUM! This reminds me of an amazing salad I had in February in Tempe while I was attending a conference for work. Great SRC choice!

  4. Oh my goodness. I love kale. Thanks for this recipe. Can't wait to try.

  5. What a great way to get more kale-YUM!

  6. Hi Danielle,
    We have lots of Kale in our garden and this will be a great salad to try. Great cooking with you in Group B!
    Miz Helen

  7. What a great way to dress up kale with a lot of other fun flavors. Nice job

  8. What a beautiful salad! I can't seem to acquire a taste for Kale!

  9. Oh man, I love everything about that salad - the kale, the dressing, the toppings - looks so healthy yet so delicious. Great choice!

  10. What a healthy salad!! Kale is so good for you and I bet this tasted great.

  11. What a great way to use kale! Sounds like you got some sweetly savory and tangy tastiness going on there. :)

  12. This sounds really good! I've just started eating kale, and this sounds like a great way to enjoy it.

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  14. Wow! So many great recipes. I think that salad looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing it at Monday Funday!

  15. I made this on Monday after the reveal, first time with kale salad and loved it. I did not have any cranberries so i used yellow raisins. yummy enjoyed the next day too. I let it sit for 2 hours before serving:)

  16. That sounds great! And items that I typically have on hand, as soon as our kale comes in I'll be trying it for sure!!!

  17. yummy!! I am a salad lover…This one looks amazing! I’m sharing it tomorrow at this weeks Tasteful Tuesday party…Come on over and check it out… hope you can link up again this week :o ) Oh and grab a featured button while you are over! Link will go live Monday evening at 8:30 central time…

  18. Looks so yummy - I love kale.

    I would love for you to link up this - and your other salad recipes - at the Empty Your Archive link party. We have a special focus this week on salads, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x<

  19. Looks amazing, just can't figure out how to get my hands on some kale! thinking of trying to grow it in containers, but still have to get some seeds! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  20. G'day! looks very healthy indeed!
    View as party of this week's Foodie Friends Friends St Patrick's Day GREEN Recipes Party!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Great photo!


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