We Found Kale!

Spotted! Tuscan Kale at a farmer's market in Milan, Italy

Since finding Kale in Paris is impossible, we've been keeping an eye out for it when hitting up farmer's markets around Europe. When in Milan last weekend, we cruised through the Viale Papiniano market on a whim while it was heavily raining and out of nowhere, boom, Tuscan Kale! We bought a few bunches and threw them into our suitcases, as we were flying back to Paris later that day. We've been enjoying Kale in every way possible until the very last leaf since.

The following is a recipe I've altered slightly from TofC contributor Jane Grawe for a delicious and nutritious raw Kale salad:

(to be improvised upon endlessly and in varying ways)

Wash kale, cut out the tough stems, cut it into thin strips and dry in salad spinner-- 8 cups or so ( you can leave the stems on if you like some crunchy roughage)

Put it in a bowl and drizzle with:
1 Tablespoon each olive oil, sherry vinegar and a hefty sprinkle of salt and massage it a bit to wilt slightly
Slice and sautée 1 red onion until caramelized and crispy in a bit of olive oil or butter ( don't stir too much so they get crispy )
Then add, or not,  as you like:
1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese or grated Parmigiano-Reggiano ( do you have a microplane? use it!)
1/2 c. golden raisins
1/2 c. shredded carrots
toasted nuts (almonds or hazelnuts are a nice choice)
(optional) a couple of rustic country bread slices made into cripsy croutons by sautéeing in a little olive oil or butter

1/3 c. olive oil
2 T. sherry or balsamic vinegar
1 minced garlic clove or finely chopped shallot
2 teaspoons honey or agave honey
optional: chili flakes or harissa (so good!)

My sister in California, Simone Rubi,  tested this recipe and sent us this photo of her creation!

Also... We LOVE Kale caesar salads.. there is a great recipe from Chad Robertson, the man behind San Francisco's Tartine Bakery here!

Bottom 2 photos by Simone Rubi


  1. my lady makes a great Tahini and Basil Vinaigrette you should try, and add some pomegranate if you can get a hold of any. Recipe here on her little blog diddy. http://danggoodfood.com/

  2. kale salad is totally my thing!! this version sounds awesome.

  3. Hi Danielle,

    I have a good story about the kale seeds that you gave me earlier this year. I gave them to my local producer Thierry Riant who grew me 8 plants!
    I just had the first one that I prepared with a caesar salad recipe from Il Buco in NYC. Delicious.
    So you CAN find kale in Paris.
    Noel Thevenet


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