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Toscano or Dinosaur Kale

Posted by on June 18, 2015

Kale and Collards are close relatives and are both packed with Vitamins A and C. They are both cold tolerant and often improve in flavor after the first frost (they become sweeter). There are many different varieties of Kale and Collards and they all have slightly different flavors, textures, and growing characteristics. At TTCF we grow Toscano (Dino) Kale and Red Russian Kale and Champion Collards.

Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad

Lemon-garlic kale salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice(from 2 to 4 lemons)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed with the flat side of a knife, peeled and left whole
  • 10 to 12 ounces washed and dried kale leaves, thick stems removed (if using prewashed trimmed kale, buy 4 clamshell containers)
  • 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan (optional)

Directions:

  • In a toaster oven or skillet, toast almonds until golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  • In a bowl, combine lemon juice and 1 heaping teaspoon salt. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Add garlic cloves and set aside to steep.
  • Working in batches, cut the kale into thin ribbons: gather a large handful of leaves, bunch together tightly, and use the other hand to slice into 1/4-inch-thick pieces. This need not be done very precisely or neatly; the idea is to end up with a kind of slaw. (Recipe can be made up to this point 1 day ahead. Keep kale and dressing refrigerated separately.)
  • Place chopped kale in a very large bowl. Sprinkle surface with almonds and then with cheese, if using. Remove and discard garlic cloves from dressing. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss. Taste for dressing and salt and add more as needed, tossing to coat thoroughly. Serve within 1 hour.

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