I just love the idea of all those wonderful vitamins and nutrients from the kale without having to cook it. Just remember one thing, when using Kale raw, either purchase baby kale, or remove all of the inner stems (rib that runs through the middle of the kale leaf). I've seen professionals use a food processor to shred the kale, but I just used a knife. Use what you have and what you feel comfortable with. This particular kale was grown by my son's class at school. It was regular kale so the stems were very tough and had to be removed. No need to do such work with baby kale - just shred and go. You should be able to find either at your local grocery store.
Give this one a try and let me know what you think! More to come later this week.
Kale Salad with Blue Cheese and a Creamy Mustard Yogurt Dressing
an original recipe by Me
1 large bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves shredded, about 4 cups
3/4 cup shredded carrots
2 thin slices of vidalia onion, largely chopped (picture demonstrates this below)
1 T fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup greek yogurt, (I used 2%)
1/4 cup mayonnaise, (I used Helman's made with olive oil)
1-2 T dijon mustard, depending on how much you like mustard
1 T milk, to thin out the dressing
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (I prefer to purchase a block and crumble it myself)
First, prepare the kale as pictured below.
|The kale looks like this after you shred a leaf, with the stems removed first|
|Stack the two thin slices of onion and cut three ways vertically, then horizontally to achieve small pieces that add just the right amount of flavor.|
|All the veggies in the bowl now!|
|The cast of characters|
Combine the vegetables with the dressing, cilantro, and blue cheese. Stir until well combined. Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to combine. Enjoy!