Crispy Kale Salad
A few months ago we saw a chef on the Food Network make a kale salad with fried kale leaves. It looked delicious; however, it also looked a bit greasy, really messy, and way too time-consuming.
So, we improvised and roasted our kale instead of frying – and it turned out super-delish!
This salad is a quick, easy, and delicious combination of flavors and textures. This recipe probably makes enough for one entree salad or 2-3 side/appetizer salads. We think you could easily double or triple it on one cookie sheet – you might just need to roast the kale for a few minutes longer.
- 1 bunch kale leaves (we used red russian but any variety would work)
- 1-2 tbsp EVOO
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 pinch of Kosher salt
- 1 small handful of dried fruit (we used dried cherries)
- 1 small handful of pumpkin seeds (we used raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds, but slivered almonds or walnut or pecan pieces would likely work great as well)
- A few squirts of lemon juice
- A healthy sprinkle of parmesan cheese (feta would probably be tasty, too, but we didn't have that in the fridge)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper
- Drizzle a bit of EVOO on the foil or paper
- Use a large kale leaf to smear oil around pan
- Pile kale leaves on pan (we threw in a few arugula leaves because we had them on hand, but they aren't necessary)
- Top kale with crushed garlic and sprinkle with a bit of salt
- Once oven is preheated - roast kale and garlic for 7 minutes
- Stir the kale and garlic around and spread back out evenly
- Roast for an extra 3-4 minutes (we tossed our pumpkin seeds in turning the last minute to quickly toast)
- Remove roasted, crispy kale from oven and pile on your plate(s)
- Top kale with toasted seeds (or nuts), dried fruit, a few squirts of lemon juice (to taste), and a bit of cheese
- If you need to feed a crowd and have more lettuce than kale - you can mix the roasted, crispy kale (and other toppings) into a big bowl of spring mix. We tried this the other night and the flavor/texture combo was great!