kale salad (but never mind that, look who cooked!)

October 14, 2009 |  Category:   cooking recipes


I have to credit our neighbor Alison for describing something so delicious that it compelled me to head straight to the kitchen to make it right away. Ya’ll know that I don’t cook. And you’re probably thinking “KALE? Kale is what inspired you to cook after all those years of not cooking?” Yes! And it was good! And totally worth the eczema on my fingers flaring up from handling all that garlic and lemon juice.

Now, we have to give credit where credit is due. Alison ate this delicious Kale salad during lunch one day at Al Di La, a neighborhood restaurant that is showered with much adoration and praise. She wanted to try and recreate it at home and did, and then I got the recipe from her when I overheard her going on and on about it. So this recipe is totally unscientific since not a mention of actual measurements of any ingredient was exchanged. I just gathered all the things I needed and winged it. I also left out the homemade croutons as I’m not such a fan of hard pieces of bread in my salad. Here’s what I did:

1 bunch of kale
1 clove of garlic
as many anchovies as you can stomach
oil from the bottle of anchovies
lemon juice from 1 lemon
pecorino cheese


Wash the kale thoroughly, dry and set aside. Mince the garlic very finely. Chop up the anchovies and toss with the kale, which you should remove from the stem and cut in small pieces, along with the garlic and a good amount of the oil from the anchovies. Toss in the lemon juice and add some pepper. Finish with grated or thin slivers of pecorino cheese. That’s it – but adjust the ingredients to your taste (maybe you want less garlic and more pepper, etc). But I swear you will love it and say to yourself “Why is this soooo good?”

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  • Fog and Thistle October 14, 2009 at 5:59 am

    I love kale. I’ll have to try this variation. One tip, since kale is a tougher leaf than conventional lettuce is to brine it in salt water for 15 minutes to soften it a little bit. First time I had it, I could’t believe kale could be eaten raw and taste so good!

  • Perideau Designs October 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I might have to add this to one of our dinner menus. Thanks!

  • Sue October 14, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I love that you “winged it”, as that’s my m.o. in the kitchen. Then I got to thinking, though, because winged it sounds funny. Maybe it should have been “wung it”. That sounds funny, too. Or perhaps it’s one of those words that we can’t make right no matter how hard we try. Thanks for making me think creatively this morning, Jenna.

  • Jenna October 14, 2009 at 8:56 am

    guys, I made the recipe a little more clearer. Rachel you should try it first without brining it. I thought it might be tough too but you do oluck the leaves from the tougher stem parts, and I like how “crispy” it is. Also, I think it brines itself from the lemon juice and anchovy oil.

  • bronwyn October 14, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I am totally going to make this tonight. Thanks!

  • amber of theambershow.net October 14, 2009 at 11:17 am

    This sounds like you can’t eat this and then kiss someone after.

  • monica from hola!design October 14, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    i will try it! i love to try new flavors and textures in my food.thank you for this recipe

  • the southern hostess October 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Looks so yummy! I just love your blog!

  • bronwyn October 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Update – I made if for dinner last night and it was really good! My 3 year old just licked the anchovie oil off the kale leaves, but I didn’t really expect her to be into raw kale. My husband and I loved it. I brought the leftovers to work for lunch. mmmmm…