Ever since I tasted kale chips at Whole Foods, I have wanted to make them at home and also start using kale as often as I use spinach, methi, beet greens or chard. Last time when I went grocery shopping I was daring enough to pick up both green and purple curly kale greens.
First I used a small portion of it to prepare the “no-fail” dal recipe which most of the South Indians prepare at home using one of many greens available in India. I prepared this beet greens dal recipe using kale. I was very excited that it turned out great. Then tried it raw in my blueberry green smoothie recipe instead of spinach. That was awesome too! So kale is indeed versatile like baby spinach.
I started looking for kale recipes and that’s when I found this salad recipe. This kale salad is one of the simplest recipes one can ever make. I used a mix of green and purple kale leaves but either one should be fine too. The original recipe uses lemon juice and chili powder for the dressing. But I prefer lime juice and red chili combination. I have used crushed red chili flakes and garlic too.
Simple Kale Salad Recipe
|Prep Time||Cook Time||Yields|
|10 Mins||01 Mins||6 Servings|
- 6 cups finely chopped kale (without the stalk)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- toasted walnut halves optional
- In a large bowl whisk together all the ingredients except kale. Toss in the chopped kale. Combine well and serve.
- Reserve the stems for making vegetable broth. Be sure to chop the leaves finely.
- Unlike other usual salads, this kale salad cannot be consumed as a main dish because it involves a lot of chewing. So this salad is good in small portions. Or toss it with some cubed Tofu/Paneer, chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes and other ingredients of your choice and use it as a filling for your wrap or pita to make it a meal.
- Like some of the suggestions in the original recipe, you could try this recipe by wilting the kale lightly on a stove top or in a microwave oven if you don’t prefer it raw.