This recipe video was such a riot to make. I was initially going to use kale from our garden, which is very nice (though a little chewed up by some hungry deer), but then I caught a glimpse of my friend Kelly's monster kale patch, featuring the biggest lushest green leaves I've seen and I opted to use his kale instead. While we were filming the kale harvest, his dog Lucy bounded over begging for a bite and some very enthusiastic kale-eating madness ensued. This dog LOVES kale! I've never seen anything quite like it. Take a look for yourself.
The other reason this video was so much fun to make is that I was able to use a song from The Good Lovelies, a folk trio from Ontario that I've adored ever since I saw them perform live a few years ago. Thank you Good Lovelies!!
(Look at how cool these ladies are! I love them.)
Now about kale. I'm curious, did any of you eat the stuff pre-2000's? I mean did people even eat kale in the 80's and 90's?? Because I sure didn't. And I grew up with a prolific gardening mom, eating everything from purple kohlrabi to obscure French lettuces. But no kale. And then suddenly, boom! Kale was as trendy as UGG boots and yoga pants. Kale is so big now it's even the center of a lawsuit, with a fast-food chain suing the guy who makes those popular t-shirts sporting the slogan "Eat More Kale" on the grounds it infringes on their slogan "Eat Mor (factory-farmed) Chickin". SERIOUSLY??!
Kale is even so popular that it's seeing some friendly backlash (hey, what about us other greens?!). But from what I've read, kale is most deserving of its superstar status. It's been shown in numerous studies to destroy cancer cells and it's packed with nutrients whose powers are truly unleashed when it's eaten raw. This kale Caesar salad is the perfect way to do that. It's a recipe I learned at one of Salt Water Farm's amazing cooking classes last summer. I was already making raw kale salads at the time, but this one became an instant favorite. I make it often and when I don't have time to make the full-out Caesar dressing, I make it with my sister's quick & easy eggless aioli instead. Either way, it's simply delicious and you should definitely try it!
Find my recipe on PBS Food. Let me know if you make it!