Kale Salad with Cranberries 13

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A couple of years ago a lovely woman named Pua introduced me to a kale salad with cranberries that I fell in love with – and I don’t love kale. As I watched her make the salad, she shared the recipe with me in a “little of this, little of that” kind of way. I made a big batch of it today, duplicating her instructions, and noted the measurements so that I could share. If you cook by feel, I totally recommend that you just eyeball it.

The finished salad has a lovely earthy flavor and I find that I crave it. If I have it made in the fridge I keep going back for “just a bit more.” But there’s nothing wrong with snacking on kale all day, right? Especially if it’s straight from the garden!

This crunchy kale salad with cranberries is great as a side dish or light lunch. Bonus points if the kale comes from your garden!

Kale Salad with Cranberries

Remove the stem from the kale leaves. Thoroughly wash and dry the leaves, then tear them into bite sized pieces. Place leaves in a big bowl along with the olive oil. Lomi – or massage – the kale leaves. Don’t be afraid to really go at it – kale tends to be a bit tough when raw and massaging the leaves makes them much more palatable. Add the lemon juice and Bragg’s; lomi some more. Add the avocado; lomi more. The avocado will add a bit of creaminess to the salad. Toss in the remaining ingredients.

The add-ins are totally flexible. Try various nuts, different dried fruit, a bit of nutritional yeast, fresh slices of apple; really, the only limit here is your imagination.

More ways to use kale

  • Saute the leaves with a bit of olive oil and garlic until they’re tender, then add eggs for a breakfast scramble. I use two leaves for three eggs. No use overdoing it and making everyone hate kale.
  • Stir into marinara sauce. Kale disappears beautifully in marinara sauce – I use 6-8 leaves for a big stock pot. The people who don’t love kale don’t even know it’s there.
  • Ditto for soups. I’ve stirred it into minestrone style vegetable soups and cream based chowders with equal success.
  • Add two or three leaves to a green salad.
  • Toss several leaves into the pot when you’re making chicken or beef stock.
  • Add a leaf or two to fruit smoothies.
Beyond the subversive use of kale, we love kale chips. Really. I originally just massaged torn leaves with olive oil and sea salt and dried them in a low oven. Yummy, yes, but then I discovered a recipe for cheesy kale chips and ho boy. Serious snack attack.

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