The sweet dressing and dates pairs well with the subtle bitterness of the kale in this Kale Salad with Blue Cheese & Dates.
Killer Kale, A Cat Tale…
I have a confession. My cat, Dante, likes kale better than I do. I am trying to take his lead and eat more of it. So when I find a recipe that makes kale tasty, I get a little excited, even if I have to fight my cat for the green stuff.
Maybe Dante knows that kale has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any vegetable. Its richness shines in: antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and anti-cancer nutrients. This should up the ante for eating more kale.
As for Dante… here is the kale tale.
To eliminate the problem, I buy curly kale for Dante and Dinosaur Kale (Lacinato) for me. It seems like a healthy and safe solution for both of us.
Kale Salad with Blue Cheese & Dates
The sweet dressing and dates pairs well with the subtle bitterness of the kale in this summer salad.
- 1 pound fresh kale stems removed, leaves thinly shredded, rinsed and patted dry
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 8 dates pitted and chopped
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbled
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Use a sharp knife to cut out the tough midrib of each kale leaf, and discard or freeze for making stock later.
Slice the leaves crosswise into thin, 1/4 inch wide, slices. The easiest way to do this is to work with a small bunch of leaves at a time, stack the leaves and roll them into a loose cigar shape. Then using a sharp knife, work from one end of the "cigar" to the other, slicing a 1/4 inch off from the end. Place the kale slices into a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.
A half hour to an hour before serving, toss the kale together with the dressing, almonds, and the dates, allowing the kale to marinate a bit.
Right before serving, stir in the crumbled blue cheese.
Quote of the Day
“There are two types of people; those who eat kale and those who should.” – Bo Muller-Moore
I am the third type of person, I eat kale because I should. Although, I am learning to love it.
…and then, she paused for thought.
For more kale possibilities, CLICK HERE for the LA Food Bloggers recipes from the January Kale-a-palooza meeting.
I have kale all the time. I sauté it with balsamic and cranberries or with garlic and pine nuts. It is SO versatile! As for this recipe, substitute goat cheese for the blue and I’m all over it!
Rona, were you a cat in a former life? 🙂 I love the cranberries and balsamic idea. Will be trying that soon.
Natalie @ The Devil Wears Parsley
The photos of Dante are fantastic! What a cute kid! I’ll have to see if my kids like it too. The hubby always clips grass for them, and they seem to like that. A couple years ago, I realized that I actually liked kale, and buy it every so often. This salad looks right up my alley!
Thanks Natalie, please let me know what your “kids” think of it. I juice kale, but now I am trying to incorporate it into my meals.
Perfect timing. I was just wondering what I should do with the kale I purchased. Sounds wonderful. Thanks.
That is great Nan, let me know what you think.
How could I forget to say how much I enjoyed seeing Dante. Even if just in a photograph. Sweet and sassy kitty!
Haha to your cute, sparky kale devotee, Dante. And your salad looks so inviting! I’m going for it. Your recipes are always a sure bet.
Thanks Leslie! Sometimes the best lessons come from our pets!
I absolutely LOVED the kale salad!!!!!!! I used both curly and lacinato kale. Amazing.
Thanks for sharing.
I am so happy you LOVED the salad Nan. Great idea to use both kinds of kale!
Very cute, Cathy! I’m not a big kale fan, but I do sneak it into some things, like minestra, with other greens and beans!
I am with you Christina, but I am getting better about eating it in more things.
All right, I must make your salad, and you must make mine! This one will convert you, I promise: http://www.shockinglydelicious.com/healthy-and-delicious-vegan-mango-chickpea-kale-farro-salad-secret-recipe-club/
Shockinglydelicious, you have a deal. I will let you know how it goes.
Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
Your kitty is so cute!! And beautiful salad, I always love trying new kale recipes 🙂 It is so healthy!
Thanks Kristi! Let me know what you think of the salad. I so respect your opinion.
Cheri Cameron Newell
Dante can go out for Kale Pizza with me anytime! My favorite new treat!
Thanks Cheri! I have yet to try kale on pizza.
Your Dante looks like our Kitty!!
The salad looks divine- Yummy- I’m with you on the kale front but I’m surprised at how quickly I’m warming to it ( though swiss chard is still a hit. I also like the Tuscan better but the curly works well on kale chips (I posted that a while back)- am enjoying your blog-Judy
Thanks Bumbleberry Breeze! I am slowly warming up to kale as well. I hope to love kale very soon! 🙂
Lynne @ CookandBeMerry
Four of my favorite ingredients all in one salad. Definitely going on my to-make list. And what a cute sous chef you have!
Thanks Lynne! I think I could eat anything if it had blue cheese on it! And yes… my sous chef is very handsome if I don’t say so myself!
Cathy your cat is adorable! I do like kale and your salad seems easy and a great healthful plate to recreate!
Yes, Mary I do agree on both accounts. Enjoy!
Simone | Simone's Kitchen
O hahaha.. That is just too funny! Not sure my cats would agree with Dante but hey I never tried! Will do so soon!