Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Windsday Pinsday --Kale

Kale has become the green jello of the new millennium. Don't you just love it?  Kale was never the go to vege when I grew up.  I am not sure I even knew what kale was.  Surely, it would have topped the list of least favorite foods right there next to broccoli.  Growing up on the farm we had a silage pit filled with chopped up corn stocks left fermenting for winter cattle food.  It smelled so bad.  When my mother served us chopped broccoli for dinner, I was convinced she had heated up some of the silage.  I just couldn't eat it.  I am glad she didn't know about kale.

This recipe unlocks the mystery of Costco's Sweet Kale Salad (Chou Frise' Doux).  You can purchase a big package of this salad for about $5 that serves a huge crowd or several small salads for two and it comes with the dressing and dried cranberries and pepitas.  I'm not sure why I need to break this down, but some of my children have never eaten it and asked me for my own version.
From the garden's bounty
That looks good on this crystal winter day of clear blue sky and a foot of undisturbed snow still piled in the garden rows. I can see a double batch of fresh salsa and a yummy kale salad and other mouth watering foods.  I can't believe I didn't get the blog written last fall.  I took all the pix.

This is the best greens cleaner.  Cut them up, soak in ice cold water, drain easily, pull out the basket and dump the water (I always water my outdoor plants with it), return to base and spin them dry.

Remove the rib (chop it up and feed it to the chickens.  The girls are not big on pecking it apart).  Chop and wash.  This is obviously not baby kale and it will be tougher and stronger flavored. You can rub the leaves to soften them up a little, but I don't. We just chew it longer.

Add other finely sliced greens like cabbage (green and purple), broccoli shreds, chicory and slice Brussels sprouts. This last addition is such a good surprise. I put them in most of my green salads now. By the way, Costco's salad mix has less kale where mine is mostly kale.  The other ingredients I add if I have them on hand.  Add dried cranberries and pepitas, toss in Poppy Seed Dressing and serve immediately.  Sunflower seed can be substituted for pepitas, but pepitas are the best. If you are wondering what pepitas are, they are shelled pumpkin seeds raw or roasted.

Use commercial dressing, my favorite is Brianna's Home Style Rich Poppy Seed Dressing, or make your own dressing with a recipe I found on Pinterest.  

These are the fixin's for a delicious homemade poppy seed dressing.  I found this recipe on Pinterest on the blog:  called Homemade Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing.  It is very good.  Thank you, Amy at bellyfull.
  • 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2/ tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • pinch of salt
  1. In medium bowl, whisk all the ingredients together until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  2. Transfer to a clean jar and keep in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use. Shake well before using.
Milk may be substituted for the half n half, but it won’t be as creamy. White wine vinegar can be substituted for the apple cider vinegar. This dressing will keep refrigerated for up to a week.   Makes 1 1/2 Cups.

I did copy and paste this time.  I was getting a bit tired.  I  use honey instead of sugar and only 1-2 tablespoons (to taste). 

TIP:  Honey is twice as sweet as sugar so you can use half as much.

I have another great kale salad recipe.   Maybe next week.



No comments:

Post a Comment