Last week I talked about salads and how, now that the temps are heating up, I 'm eating more of them. So I thought I carry that over and revisit one of my favorite summertime salads.
I will confess that, aside from this recipe, I don't eat kale. However, the combination of flavors in this dish is so good (IT HAS BACON!) and the hint of citrus makes it a perfect candidate to beat the heat.
So here we go...
l head kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
1 large carrot, grated
1/2 an orange, juiced
1/2 a lemon, juiced
ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
1 slice bacon, cooked crisp and chopped (since I don't dare have real bacon in the house, I used a heaping tablespoon of bacon bits)
1 rounded Tbsp. mayonnaise
Place the kale into a salad bowl. Toss with carrot, orange juice, lemon juice, and salt. Using your hands, rub the acid into the kale. Basically, pretend you're giving it a massage.
Set kale aside.
Prepare a large bowl of ice water and a saucepan with boiling water.
Place the sliced onion into the boiling water for 15-30 seconds.
Remove and immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. This removes the bitter taste of the raw onion.
Drain the water and blot the onions with a paper towel.
Add the onion, bacon, olive oil, salt, and pepper to kale and toss well.
Add the mayonnaise and mix the slaw well.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made several hours in advance.
Just look at all those vibrant colors.
This is so yummy, y'all. Though the next time, I think I'll add the juice of the entire orange. That citrusy flavor lends just enough sweetness to make it addicting.
Now it's your turn. How do you feel about kale? What's your favorite way to eat it?