Back to the kale salad - we actually eat a lot of kale, but I usually always cook it - whether it's a quick braise over the stovetop with garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper, an added ingredient to soups, or even part of a stir fry. I've had kale salad before and excluding the version at Scribe, I always thought of it as a little too bitter and raw tasting. The secret is lettuce the dressing sit on the kale for a little bit of time before serving, much different from lettuce salads where you want to dress it at the last minute. Dressing the kale early allows it to soften a little bit and absorb the flavor of the dressing. I also love it because you can make it ahead of time if you're having company, or before you start making the other components of your dinner on a weeknight, and then just let it be until you're ready to serve. I'd recommend letting it sit for at least 30 minutes or so before serving. I made it before a dinner party and let it sit for about 3 hours, although I don't know that I'd do it overnight. Lacinato (or dino) kale is best in this recipe vs. the regular curly kind, although either would probably be good.
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes (plus time to sit)
2 bunches lacinato kale, rinsed, leaves ripped from stems, and cut into thin strips
1/2 c. freshly grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 T. fresh lemon juice
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. dijon mustard
1/2 t. kosher salt
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
Prepare the kale and grate the cheese. Combine all of the dressing ingredients and whisk together, then combine in a large bowl with the kale and cheese. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or up to several hours before serving.