TribLIVE

| Lifestyles

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Consider kale salad when planning Easter meal

AP
Kale Salad With Apples, Apricots and Manchego Cheese

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Elizabeth Karmel
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:15 p.m.
 

There was a time when kale was just ornamental. Then, suddenly, it became a culinary superstar!

And with good reason. Because when you start eating kale, it will become the “new normal” base for your salads. It has a more robust flavor and texture than lettuce and is good for you, too. And that's all because kale is part of the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.

Black kale — also called Tuscan kale — is the best choice for salads. It has soft, flat leaves and is not prickly or curly. It still needs to be de-stemmed and the leaves need to be torn, but it isn't nearly as tough as curly kale, which is a good choice for making kale chips. Baby kale is the easiest kale to use, because all you need to do is wash and dry the tender leaves and finish making the salad.

There are many ways to dress kale in a salad. I love adding a touch of sweetness to the dressing and the salad mix-ins. This counteracts the slight bitterness of the leaves. The other key is to dress the kale, then let it sit for five to 10 minutes before adding the other ingredients. This will slightly wilt the greens, remove the bitter flavor and make the raw kale more tender.

My dressing is similar to Southern coleslaw dressing, and I find that it complements the kale without over-powering it.

Elizabeth Karmel is a contributing writer for the Associated Press.

Kale Salad With Apples, Apricots and Manchego Cheese

Start to finish: 25 minutes (10 minutes active)

For the dressing:

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

12 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons sugar

12 teaspoon kosher salt

For the salad:

1 large bunch (about 1 pound) Tuscan kale, stems torn or cut out, leaves torn into small pieces

13 cup dried apricots, julienned

13 cup pumpkin seeds

2 ounces manchego cheese, grated

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 Pink Lady apple, cored and cut into thin half moons

To make the dressing, in a large bowl whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, mayonnaise, sugar and salt. Add the kale and toss to coat well, then set aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, toss again to coat well.

Sprinkle the apricots, pumpkin seeds and cheese over the dressed kale. Toss again to evenly distribute. Season with salt, if needed, and pepper. Fan thin slices of apple over the top of the salad and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 230 calories (110 calories from fat), 12 grams fat (4 grams saturated), 15 milligrams cholesterol, 9 grams protein, 26 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams dietary fiber, 330 milligrams sodium

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Rossi: Nothing huge, but Huntington helped Bucs
  2. Suspects in SWAT incident in Pittsburgh identified
  3. 2014 showing has Steelers RB Harris confident he belongs
  4. Marte’s 2 fine defensive plays rescue Pirates in victory over Reds
  5. Pirates trade for Dodgers 1B/OF Morse, Mariners LHP Happ
  6. Steelers OLB coach Porter teaches as passionately as he played
  7. Inside The Steelers: LB Williams dominates backs-on-backers drill at Latrobe Memorial Stadium
  8. Deadly snake bites on the rise in Western Pa.
  9. 2 killed in single-vehicle crash in Pittsburgh
  10. College Board alternative pushed
  11. Pittsburgh police motorcycle officer seriously injured in crash