Kale: It's the new broccoli. Remember when broccoli was all the rage as an extremely nutritious vegetable? A grocery cashier recently told me she was amazed at the number of people buying kale. Don't get me wrong. Broccoli is a good vegetable. But kale surpasses it in a couple of areas. Broccoli has 87% of the daily requirement for vitamin A compared to kale's 206%. Broccoli has 494% of the daily requirement for vitamin K (not bad!). But kale has 684%! There's just one problem with kale. It's not very tasty. It's kind of bitter and a little chewy. So you have to have a good recipe to doctor it up if you're going to eat kale and enjoy it.
This recipe is a modification of a Martha Stewart recipe. I'm amazed that my entire family, everyone, loves this recipe. Whenever I serve it to a gathering of people, someone asks for the recipe. And it's kale!!
2 large bunches of kale (but not TOO large) -- about ten cups
1 yellow, orange, or red pepper, cut however you like them
2 carrots, thinly sliced crosswise (or julienned looks pretty if you have a slicer)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup salted peanuts
2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup salted peanuts (an additional 1/4 cup to the one listed earlier)
- Slice kale crosswise thinly (If you use curly kale it will look like that crinkly packing material)
- Thinly slice pepper lengthwise (or chop in bite-size pieces)
- Toss carrots, pepper, and kale
- Puree 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup salted peanuts, 2 T brown sugar, and salt
- Pour dressing over vegetables just before serving (or anytime. I like it poured over earlier, even hours earlier)
- Sprinkle with 1/4 cup nuts, coarsely chopped
This recipe can also be made with almonds, but use a smaller amount of almonds in the dressing. (It gets too thick otherwise.)
Give it a try! Here is a way to get your family to eat one nutritious vegetable and like it! (On Fridays it could be paired with tuna salad, fish sticks … anything, really.) Kale Slaw … it’s the best!
Copyright 2019 Rosemary Bogdan
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Rosemary Bogdan is a wife, mother of six adult children, and a grandmother. She homeschooled her children when they were young and currently substitute teaches at her favorite Catholic school. When not spending time with her family, Rosemary writes at A Catholic Mother's Thoughts and Catholic365.com.