2 bunches of Lacinato Kale, washed dried and center stem removed (about 6 cups)
2 - 4 Tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Zest from one Lemon
2 - 4 Tbsp excellent quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used 2 Tbsp)
2-3 cloves fresh Garlic, minced
1 ounce (about 1/3 cup) finely grated Asiago or Parmesan Cheese
9 ounces cooked, drained Cannellini Beans. If using canned, rinse under cool water and drain well. (use the no salt added)
A few grinds of fresh Black Pepper
Sea Salt to your taste
In a 2 qt bowl place the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper and mix lightly. Stack the kale leaves and slice very thin and cut into bite size pieces. Toss Kale into the bowl with the olive oil, garlic, etc. and massage the leaves to incorporate the lemon juice. This process will soften the leaves and make them a dark, rich color. Toss and mix in the grated Asiago Cheese and Cannellini beans. Cover and let stand at least 5 minutes, the longer the better. I generally make this a few hours before I plan on using it, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Here is a video of Dr. Weil at True Food Kitchen making Tuscan Kale Salad. I have omitted the red pepper flakes as I did not like the punch it gave to my salad. I also omitted the bread crumbs as I didn't feel it needed it. But try it that way first, and see what you think or add a little to one serving.
|Cleaned kale with center stem removed, ready for chopping.|