Raw kale and I have not been friends – for decades. Now that we’ve found happiness together, the story can be told. The matchmaker in this case was my daughter, Eleanor.
She’s an amazing young woman, if I do say so myself. New knowledge, a new challenge, or simply a new way of doing something – if she likes it, Eleanor will embrace “it” with enthusiasm.
Like any good convert, Eleanor is keen to bring others to adopt her discoveries. Many of her personal improvement ideas are excellent and I have no excuse for failing to heed her advice. I should exercise more. And some of her suggestions for habits I ought to change are worthy of serious consideration. Composting our home food waste would be good for the environment and not difficult to accomplish. However, when she advocated that I should get over my aversion to raw kale, I was dubious.
Eleanor does not give up easily. I finally acted on her kale recommendation when she gave me a trick for ridding it of the bitter taste that had always put me off – massage the leaves with lemon. This simple step transforms kale from nasty to tasty in just a few minutes. Plus, it has the added benefit of being fun for those of us who enjoy the tactile pleasures of finger painting and kneading dough.
How good is this salad? Maybe good enough to get Popeye to switch from spinach to kale.
Kale Citrus Salad
Servings – 4 Cost – $3
- 6 -7 ounces of curly kale (typically sold by weight)
- 1 lemon
- Scant ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt or a bit less if using kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- A few pinches of red pepper flakes
- 1 Clementine
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- ½ teaspoon honey
- 4 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
- Cutting board
- Large bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Salad tongs or spoons (to toss)
- Small jar with lid or bowl with fork for dressing
- Toaster oven tray
This weekend Eleanor, an experienced half marathoner, will run the Chicago marathon. It is her first time running a 26-mile course, and she’s trained well, with many practice runs, healthy food, plenty of sleep, and lots of determination. We’ll be there to cheer her on, and who knows, maybe I’ll even make her a batch of kale salad for her post-run energy lift. Go Eleanor!!