When the Kale obsession hit Australia last year some time, I just couldn't get into it! Firstly it was like taking home a bush ready to plant in the garden, they give you so much at the markets. I had no idea what to do with it. My only Kale knowledge was that this stuff is the superman of the vegetable family.
I tried Kale chips, but they didn't quite hit the spot, it ruined my scrambled eggs and I wasn't a massive fan of it in smoothies (prefer baby spinach). So when I saw it here in a Singapore deli, organic kale all the way form Australia, I thought why not give it another shot (even if it was $12 a bunch). I was determined to make something delicious with it. I cut it up and cleaned it as soon as we got home so it didn't look so intimidating sitting there in the fridge. This lead to some exciting green dishes for the week.
My first goal was to make a crunchy salad with the mighty green, and so of I went on creating..
1/2 bunch kale (or 2 cups torn kale, washed and tried)
1 small sweet red onion sliced
1 red apple (pink lady are the best) thinly sliced
6 stem thyme leaves (leaves removed)
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 small fennel sliced finely
1 lemon juiced
Wash and clean kale, apple, fennel and thyme leaves. Tear the kale up into bite sized pieces and place into the salad bowl. Slice onion very finely, along with the fennel and apple. Scatter over the kale and toss around in the salad bowl. Pull the thyme leaves off the stem and add to the bowl, be careful not to bruise the leaves. Cut the lemon open and squeeze the juice over the leaves and apple (so it doesn't brown and gives it a lovely fresh flavour). Pan fry (without oil) the pine nuts in a non stick fry pan till browned all over (golden brown). Once cooled toss over the salad and serve. Serve with balsamic and olive oil, I just coated the salad on my plate, that way I saved the left overs for lunch the next day (and they weren't soggy) Happy eating :)
This recipe is one to rave about the sweet and citrus flavours together with the great texture of kale makes it a delicious one to share with friends. I served ours with gourmet beef sausages from the butcher, but it would be beautiful with lamb chops, steak or even to accompany a roast dinner with potatoes.
There was over half a bunch of kale left to use so I made 'clean out the fridge soup' with home made chicken stock. Using up all left over vegetables makes for a healthy clean soup, with superfood kale giving it some extra power. I also added it to our stir fry this week, along with capsicums, carrots and chicken. Saving all our dinners this week.. Thank you Kale! :)
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