Another Raw Kale Salad

My wisdom tooth is out, and honestly the whole procedure and recovery has been WAY more mellow than I was afraid it would be.  I’m not supposed to run until Monday (boooo) but other than that, things are pretty good.

I made a raw kale salad (and a couscous-chickpea salad) for dinner Thursday night.  I cannot get enough of raw kale these days.  There’s not really a recipe to go with this one… I just chopped up a head of curly kale, added about a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and massaged for a few minutes, then topped with diced avocado, pumpkin seeds, and a pinch of salt.

After last week’s marmalade fail, it’s been nice to have some things actually going right in the kitchen.  Some of that just might be due to a new gadget I acquired!

I’ve been wanting one of these for years because so many baking books talk about how their recipes are written in weight, and measuring ingredients by volume won’t give you the same results.  When I made the compost cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar they didn’t turn out right, probably in part because I didn’t weigh out the ingredients.

The first recipe I tried with the scale was the blueberry and cream cookies from that book, and they were perfect!

I’m going to try a variation on this recipe soon and I really hope it works out so I can blog about it!

Ellie probably would have loved one of those cookies, but she got a thrilling dinner of carrots and avocado instead.

I give her purees most of the time, but sometimes I’ll give her chunks of food and let her feed herself.  It makes a HUGE mess but I want her to get used to the idea that food isn’t always going to be in the form of mush on a spoon.

6 Responses to “Another Raw Kale Salad”

  1. 1 Kate April 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I need a scale desperately. And we’ve completely foregone purees. The BLW mess is way more fun.

  2. 2 Megan April 2, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Oh, I LOVE raw kale salads! Cannot get enough!

  3. 3 Jen April 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    i really need to try the raw kale salad trend. i made a big step last week by putting raw kale in my green smoothies!

  4. 4 Renee April 3, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    And by “massaged” you mean?…

    I’m so inept in the kitchen, but I have all of these ingredients (minus pine nuts) and I’d like to make a kale salad. Could I use almonds? Thanks for your recipe! 🙂

    • 5 Cate April 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Massage means rub the oil and vinegar into the kale with your hands. It feels kind of weird but it really improves the texture of the kale!

  5. 6 Renee April 5, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I did it! I used raw kale last night for a salad. I threw some garlic in the oil/vinegar and “massaged” the kale leaves. It made sense once I started the process. Haha. Thanks, Cate!

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