There’s been such a huge kale craze going around the food blogs recently, and I’ve been wanting to try so many different recipes, but every time I finally decide I’m going to, I can’t find any kale at the store! When we went to Wegman’s on Friday afternoon, I finally spotted a huge bag of pre-chopped, pre-washed kale, and I seized the opportunity to try some of these recipes I’ve been eying up for so long! Because today’s a study day, and I really don’t want to be in the kitchen any longer than necessary (and we’ve really eaten way too much food this weekend), I decided to start off with a kale salad.
Trim the bottom two inches off the kale stems and discard. Slice the kale into 3/4-inch ribbons. You should have 4-5 cups. Place the kale in a large bowl.
Using a mortar and pestle (or knife), pound the garlic and 1/4 t salt into a paste. Transfer the garlic to a small bowl. Add in the cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Whisk to combine (it will be pretty thick).
Pour over the kale and toss to combine thoroughly. Make sure you do this well enough to coat all of the leaves; it’ll take some time since the dressing is thick. Let the salad sit for 5 minutes to an hour (the flavors develop more as it sits). Serve topped with the bread crumbs, extra cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.