Black Kale Salad Recipe

John Navazio shares this black kale salad recipe from the book Local Flavors by Deborah Madison. This salad is a great side dish when made with fresh kale from your garden.
By John Navazio
August/September 2003
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Learn how to make this black kale salad recipe using kale from your own garden.

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Try this black kale salad recipe using fresh kale straight from the garden.

This black kale salad recipe uses this highly nutritious green vegetable in a delicious, warm salad perfect for any meal.

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Black Kale Salad Recipe

1 cup cooked cannellini, navy or gigantes (lima) beans
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large onion, finely diced
2 leeks, white parts only, diced
1 bunch Lacinato kale, leaves stripped from stems and slivered
1 small savoy cabbage, quartered, cored and chopped
2 plump garlic cloves, minced or pounded with a pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra to finish

Chop all the vegetables (rinse the leeks, kale and cabbage but don't dry them). Warm 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy, wide skillet. Add the onions and leeks, and cook over medium-low heat until the onion is soft but not browned, about 12 minutes. Add the kale, cabbage, garlic, parsley and salt. Cook with the heat on low and the pan covered until the vegetables are soft and the volume greatly reduced, about 30 minutes.

Add the beans, along with a cup or two of their cooking liquid. Simmer until the greens are completely tender, and season with salt and pepper. Serve with, or over, garlic-rubbed toast, drizzled with olive oil.

— From Local Flavors by Deborah Madison

John Navazio, Ph.D., is director of seed grower development at the Abundant Life Seed Foundation in Port Townsend, Wash., and owner of the organic seed company Seed Movement in Bellingham, Washington.

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