Tuscan Kale Salad

Tuscan kale is my favorite kale. The only one I really enjoy eating raw. It grew very nicely in my garden this year.

I won’t drag this narrative out…here’s the salad…

Topped with breadcrumbs I made from one of my sourdough breads and more parmigiano reggiano.

Tuscan Kale Salad

Melissa Clark

1 bunch Tuscan kale (also known as black or lacinato kale)

1/4 cup homemade bread crumbs (coarse)

½ garlic clove, finely chopped

¼ cup finely grated pecorino cheese, more for garnish (I used parmigiano reggiano

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, more for garnish

Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

teaspoon red pepper flakes

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Trim bottom 2 inches off kale stems and discard. Slice kale, including ribs, into 3/4-inch-wide ribbons. You should have 4 to 5 cups. Place kale in a large bowl.

To make the breadcrumbs, toast a slice of country bread until golden on both sides. Tear it into small pieces and grind in a food processor until mixture forms coarse crumbs.

Using a mortar and pestle, or with the back of a knife, pound garlic into a paste.

Transfer garlic to a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup cheese, 3 tablespoons oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper flakes and black pepper, and whisk to combine.

Pour dressing over kale and toss very well to thoroughly combine (dressing will be thick and need lots of tossing to coat leaves).

Let salad sit for 5 minutes, then serve topped with bread crumbs, additional cheese and a drizzle of oil.


Serves 2 -4.

Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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