Cole's Moveable Feast

Cole's Moveable Feast
Cole

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lemony Kale Salad With Tomatoes

This one's for the grown-ups who are NOT allergic to nuts and cheese. I adapted it from a recipe I saw in a magazine, which called for kale as the only greens. I don't know about you, but raw kale in large quantities does unkind things to my digestion, but I do want to find more ways to get this superfood into my diet. I added in the basil so the combination with the walnuts, olive oil and Parmesan would lend a very slight fresh pesto flavor. It turned out great, perfect for a warm day:

* 1 bunch of kale, rinsed, trimmed of tough stems and torn into bite-size pieces
* 2 cups mixed field greens
* 1 cup baby spinach leaves
* 2 to 3 cups of sweet red and yellow grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
* 10 - 15 leaves of fresh basil, torn into pieces
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional for allergies, obviously)
* 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (also optional)
* Juice of 2 to 3 lemons
* 1/3 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
* Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together in a very large bowl: tomatoes, basil, walnuts, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Add kale, greens and spinach, toss well. Serve topped with a little more shaved Parmesan cheese. Makes approx. 3 large salads or 6 side salads.

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