• Overnight Marinated Kale Salad

    by  • June 29, 2010 • Local Food, Recipes • 10 Comments

    marinated kale salad with dried fruit and nuts recipe

    I could call this recipe the ‘convert kale salad’ for all the people who hate kale but love this dish.  It could be named ‘Basi Italia Rip-Off’ because I first tasted the salad at the elegant Basi Italia restaurant in Columbus and have been recreating it in my kitchen ever since.  Another good title would be ‘best salad ever’ as someone always declares as much when I serve it.  It is refreshing in summer and useful to make with bountiful local kale in cooler months too.

    kale salad with lemon and dried cherries recipe


    Marinated Kale Salad
    Servings: 10
    Time: 15 minutes prep, overnight marination

    5-6 cups kale, washed and cut into thin strips.  Any type works; the lacinato or dinosaur kale tastes best.

    1/2 cup dried fruit.  Basi uses dried currants; my version has dried cherries

    1/2 cup nuts or seeds.  Basi uses pine nuts but since my episode of pine mouth I substitute sunflower seeds

    1 tablespoon honey

    zest and juice of one lemon

    1/4 cup olive oil

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

    1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler (omit and add 1/4 teaspoon salt for a vegan dish)

    Mix kale, fruit, lemon zest and seeds in a glass bowl.  In a separate dish, mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and honey to make a dressing.  Pour dressing over kale and toss to coat evenly.  Refrigerate overnight or for six hours minimum.  Before serving, toss in Parmesan shavings.

    Recipe added to Fight Back Friday.

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    10 Responses to Overnight Marinated Kale Salad

    1. June 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

      That sounds fantastic! I have tons of kale in the garden right now, so this is perfect timing. Thanks!

    2. June 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      That looks delicious! Would you believe kale was one of the veggies I didn’t grow this year, darn. I’ll have to pick some up from the farmers market and make this next weekend!

    3. June 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm


    4. June 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

      i’ll have to give this a try sometime soon. we love kaled wilted our cooked as a warm salad, but i have to admit i’m always somewhat hesitant to taste a fresh garden version. maybe this week will be the week!

    5. Betsy
      June 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      I can’t wait to try this! I like kale, but getting year round in my Market Bag gets tiring. i love to try new things with it so I don’t always have to hide it in some lasagna :)

    6. June 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm

      This looks good! A week ago I was swimming in kale and short on ways to work with it. Here’s hoping I get kale in my next CSA box.

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    9. July 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      I just came across your recipe google searching for kale salad. I made it this evening and can’t wait to taste it tomorrow. It certainly looks pretty! Thank you!

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