Archive | July, 2014

Warm Kale Salad (avec Bacon, Dates, Crispy Onions and Feta)

21 Jul

I first encountered this recipe on Iowa Girl Eats. Bacon wrapped dates are one of those iconic appetizer combos – yet rarely do you see them combined in anything else, right? I’ve modified Kristen’s version a tad, but still adhereing to the flavor profiles.The kale is massaged to allow it to soften and wilt, making it less bitter. This only takes 30-60 seconds.  You could play around with different cheeses (e..g, Parm, goat, feta, gorgonzola, blue), based on whatever you like or have on hand. This is especially helpful during the so-called kale revolution, during which people are looking for innovative ways to use this super-green. This could be served with a poached egg for a more protein-rich dish.

This versatile, easy recipe offers bold flavors that will have you making it over and over.




Warm Kale Salad 

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, cut into thin rings
3 slices bacon
1 bunch kale (about 8 cups) removed from ribs then torn into bite-sized pieces
4 pitted Medjool dates, chopped
1 recipe Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette (see below)
2 Tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and fry until golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain then sprinkle with salt and set aside.
  2. Turn heat down to medium then add bacon to skillet and cook until browned and crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain then set aside. Remove all but 2 teaspoons bacon grease from the skillet.
  3. Add kale and dates, then saute for 30 seconds. Add vinaigrette and then toss until just coated. Divide kale between two plates then top with reserved bacon, crispy shallots, and feta cheese.
  4. Serve immediately!

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon real maple syrup
1 clove garlic, mashed

Whisk oil and vinegar together with garlic. Slowly add maple syrup, while continuing to whisk. Serve or store in fridge for up to 7 days.

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