Less Noise, More Green: Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad

Monday, November 17, 2014

Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad

Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad, salad recipes

 I am growing both Tuscan and Red Russian Kales in my front yard edible landscape. Both of these varieties are attractive additions to the garden and as the plants grow, their spreading leaves become more dramatic. I also chose these varieties for their tender leaves. I love using kale in winter soups and stews but I wanted to be able to add more winter green salads to our diet this year.  Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad uses a massaging technique on the kale to tenderize the leaves so they can be eaten raw.  The result is a satisfying salad with greens robust enough to support hearty toppings.


Red Russian Kale in edible landscape, urban farming
Red Russian Kale. The purple stems and green feathery leaves are quite lovely.

Tuscan Kale in edible landscape, urban farming
Tuscan or Dinosaur Kale grows long thin leaves.
 I created this recipe for the URI Master Gardener Produce Donation Project Newsletter. I found massaging the kale quite calming and my hands were nice and soft once I was done!

Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad
Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad 

Bunch of Tuscan kale, stems removed
Bunch of Red Russian kale, stems removed
Can of mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup red onion, sliced very thin
2 small grilled chicken breasts, sliced
2 tbsp. sliced almonds
2 tbsp. olive oil
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Pinch of salt 

Honey Citrus Dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
4 tsp. orange juice
2 tsp. honey
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Chop the kale into bite size pieces. Add the kale to a large bowl and add the olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Using clean hands, gently rub the oil and juice into the kale for two minutes. Make the dressing by placing all the ingredients into a small jar, closing the lid tightly and shaking. Divide the kale between two plates and top with the oranges, onion, chicken and almonds. Drizzle with the dressing and serve more on the side. 

Serves two. 

Sue
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Softened Kale, Chicken and Citrus Salad


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