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Kale side dish?

I need to make a side dish with kale. I am sick of my usual sauteed kale with garlic and olive oil. Any ideas appreciated. Thank you!

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    1. I've been making baby kale salad lately. Dried cherries, slivered almonds, balsamic vinaigrette. One of the recipes I've seen called for gouda, but I didn't have any in the house so didn't use it. Sounds good, though! My kids had 2nds and 3rds of this, even the one who doesn't usually eat salad.

      1. Joy the Baker's crunchy kale and coconut is really awesome: http://joythebaker.com/2012/01/crunch...

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        1. re: katecm

          I was just about to post this. Yum. Although I would cut down on the oil a bit.

        2. I have converted many who were not familiar with kale to this Raw Tuscan Kale salad from the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/24/din... Toasted bread crumbs give it a great crunch and pecorino hits it with a bit of saltiness. My family is so obsessed with this salad, we've planted a bunch of Tuscan kale in our garden in France since it's not terribly easy to find there. And do try it with Tuscan rather than regular kale, which also goes by Black Kale, Cavolo Nero, or Dinosaur Kale. The leaves are more tender than the regular kale.

          1. There are a bunch of raw kale salads out there, most are heavy on the garlic. This one is good:
            There is something oddly addictive about raw kale.

            1. I have done one to rave reviews that starts with a simple, very fresh tomato sauce -- onions, lots of garlic, and olive oil, peeled, smashed up tomatoes, salt -- cooked briefly. Then stir in a bunch of torn-up kale, cook just until barely tender, and finish with a squeeze of lemon and another splash of olive oil. The tomatoes and kale together are so complementary.

              1. I'm not a huge Bobby Flay fan, but I was looking through one of his cookbooks earlier today and came across this recipe for creamed kale with carmelized shallots that sounded wonderful:


                Was going to make it tonight but something came up. If you happen to try it, please post a review!

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                1. re: Clarkafella

                  That DOES sound wonderful! Always on the lookout for new ways to eat kale!

                2. Start out with your basic kale sauteed in garlic & olive oil recipe, then add in chopped pitted Kalamata olives, feta cheese, & a few dashes of crushed red pepper flakes. Delicious - & particularly wonderful alongside something Greek like basic roasted or grilled lemon chicken, etc., etc.

                  1. I made this recipe and also subbing chipotle and cayenne for the togarashi and my meal mates loved it with feta cheese.

                    1. I like to serve kale with sauteed leeks, the combination of swet leeks and slightly bitter kale is great.

                      Slice the leeks and sautee in butter for a minute. Add a splash of water and put on a lid so that they steam as well.
                      Just as they are becoming soft add the kale and cook for about 2 mins with the lid on.

                      1. Kale gratin. Do your usual kale sauté but then combine with a cheese sauce and broil until bubbly and starting to brown.