Thursday, August 16, 2012

mango and pine nut kale salad

i almost never post recipes on this blog unless they're change-your-life kind of recipes. (remember the root beer cookies?) this salad is easily just as good- and i say that knowing full-well that i'm comparing a salad to cookies. i stand by that comparison. it's amazing.

and, let me add, that i'm not someone who even likes salad all that much. and making salads? forget about it. all that chopping up of a million different ingredients just for something that's a side dish? sheesh. no thank you.

but because i'm crazy impatient to lose the last of my baby weight, i whipped up this salad tonight and had it as the main dish (while chas ate pasta). it's so easy to make, you won't believe it. and it's so yummy that my mom calls it "crack salad." again- i stand by that comparison as well.


mango and pine nut kale salad


  • 1 bunch kale (black kale is especially good), stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
  • Small package of pine nuts


In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.
In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.
Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pine nuts. Toss and serve.


meme-and-he said...

thanks for sharing this! I am gathering ideas to use for this is getting added to the list.

Amy said...

This looks delicious! I've been meaning to try making a kale salad, so I might have to make this one! I'm pretty desperate to lose some not-baby weight, so maybe this'll do the trick! :)

Emeline Gardner said...

I've just spent a couple of hours reading through your lovely blog. I think we need to be friends. So many similarities that just made me smile--natural childbirth, baby girl about the same age, super difficult time with breastfeeding, husband who served in Milan (actually, I wonder if they knew each other--Spencer Gardner? Maybe?). Anyway, love your blog, keep it up:).

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Elizabeth said...

Made this the other night....AMAZING and all my dinner guests LOVED!