Kale Salad with Pine Nuts, Currants, and Parmesan
Another dish that comes up regularly when I ask people for their favorite kale recipe is a raw kale salad. Although kale is a very robust green, if you slice it thin and “marinate” or “massage” it with vinegar or lemon juice, it softens up beautifully. I like the pairing of salty cheese, crunchy, rich pine nuts and sweet currants in this version.
|Photo by Jamie Chung, courtesy of Bon Appetit|
Kale and Mushrooms with Creamy Polenta
This is basically the ultimate in sophisticated comfort food! You could make this without the chicken stock and pancetta with good results (the mushrooms will provide some meatiness) if those are not foods you eat, too.
|Photo by Tina Rupp, courtesy of Bon Appetit|
|Photo by Vanessa at Just The Tip blog|
One-Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf
I learned about this wonderfully satisfying recipe from the Food52 cookbook earlier this year – it was one of their winning recipes and it’s easy to see why. The kale and quinoa are both a tiny bit crunchy and the flavors of Meyer lemon, pine nuts, walnut oil and goat cheese give it a wonderful depth.
|Photo by Sarah Schatz, courtesy of Food 52|