I was walking through our McMinnville Public Market this Saturday, and spotted some beautiful carrots and ginger at Denison farms stand. I was going to a Japanese themed potluck that evening, and was still not sure what dish I would create and bring. I purchased some carrots, and a large knob of beautiful ginger, with the stalk still attached. I went home, cut up the stalk, steeped it in boiling water and sipped the delicious spicy ginger tea, and thought about my ingredients.
I am so proud of our garden this year. One of my favorite vegetables we are growing is kale. I started thinking about a salad. I wanted the salad to feature all three varieties of kale, we are currently growing, Siberian, Lacinato(Dinosaur), and Dwarf Blue Curled. I have sauteed and steamed kale, but haven’t often eaten, and enjoyed it raw in a salad.
I stroll through our garden daily, with or without Dominic and our girls, and almost always pick a kale leaf to munch on, along my journey. I pretty much always choke it down, as my taste buds have a hard time tolerating raw kale. I always pick and eat the kale leaf, because they look beautiful, and delicious, not to mention that I fully realize the health benefits. I sure do wish my taste buds would get with the program, and start liking raw kale. I decided that until they do, I would slice the kale thinly and use a hot dressing to wilt it to make it more palatable, and not quite so raw.
I used a mandolin to slice the carrots, onions, and red bell pepper, and am always amazed at how easy and quick the process is. My mandolin does not have a safety guard for my hands and fingers, so I have to be extra careful, and completely present, and aware during the slicing process.
Next time I make this salad, I will not put so much dressing on. This carrot kale salad can easily be served as an entree. It worked beautifully alongside some friend-rolled vegetarian sushi, and Japanese Ginger Cucumber Salad. The carrots and peanuts, lend a very necessary, satisfying crunch to this delicious wilted kale salad. My friends and family enjoyed it, and I hope you make and enjoy it too. This recipe was inspired by all the kale salad recipes I have read over the years.
|Carrot Kale Salad||
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