Recipe: Massaged Kale & Apple Salad with Gorgonzola

From "Kids' Cooking Demo with Sabine and Jessica Uhler", June 5, 2010

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, toasted (or Sweet Glazed Nuts)
¼ cup diced red onion
1/3 cup currants
¾ cup diced apple, (½ apple)
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Instructions:

De-stem kale by pulling leaf away from the stem.  Wash  leaves.  Spin or pat dry.  Stack leaves, rollup and cut into thin ribbons (chiffonade). Put kale in a large mixing bowl. Add salt, massage salt into kale with your hands for 2 minutes. To toast seeds, put in a dry skillet over low to medium heat and stir constantly for a few minutes until they change color and give off a nutty aroma.

Put kale in a fresh bowl and discard any leftover liquid.  Stir onion, currants, apple and toasted seeds into kale. Dress with oil and vinegar and toss.  Taste for salt and vinegar, adding more if necessary. When at desired flavor, toss in cheese.

Note:

This recipe was taken directly from chef and nutritionist Cynthia Lair's site Cookus Interruptus. She teaches at Bastyr and has fabulously delicious, simple recipes that use lots of ingredients that grow around us. Also she's pretty funny!

Preparation time 15 minutes
Makes 6 servings