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|
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: bellyful.net called Homemade Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing. It is very good. Thank you, Amy at bellyfull.