A Spicy Kale Salad

Ohhh new places. Today’s post is brought to you by Verizon Wireless’ phone tethering. Have you ever added up how much your Internet costs every year? It’s gross. Then again–so are data overage charges…We moved into our new place on Saturday in the rain, and everything went surprisingly smoothly (thanks to family and friends!). 
I can’t tell you how different this kitchen is to the one I’ve been working in! Until everything’s unpacked and in its place I’m going to share some recipes I have in reserve. I hope you enjoy this recipe for a kale salad–this one is Ktam’s favorite way to eat kale. It will make some of the pickiest kale eaters happy.

A Kale Salad 

(from Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers)


  • 1 large bunch of kale, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 hot chile pepper (jalapeño, serrano, or habanero), seeded and minced
  • Salt
  • 1/4 c goat cheese, crumbled
  • Fresh ground black pepper


Put the kale in a large serving bowl and leave at room temperature. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Add in the garlic and onion and cook until soft (approximately 6 minutes). Add vinegar and chile pepper; cook for a minute. Pour this mixture over the kale and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with goat cheese crumbled on top (serves 4).

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  • Reply Motormouth October 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I can’t wait to see posts about your new kitchen! I love kale and can’t wait to try this salad out!

  • Reply Jenni Bost October 23, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Do you find that you need to do anything other than thinly slice your kale to make it more edible raw? I love cooked kale… but, I have only ever had 1 kale salad I enjoyed. And, it was literally massaged and then drenched in a delicious dressing.

    Your salad looks delish! Can’t wait to see what you get up to in the new kitchen!

    • Reply Bee Voltage October 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      I have another recipe where I massage the kale and it really does turn out more tender! I couldn’t believe it! Kale is definitely best (IMHO) in a homemade balsamic dressing. If I ever do another blog I should call it “Romancing the Kale” lol…

  • Reply Adventures in Dressmaking October 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I loooove kale salad!! I used to never eat raw kale but then there are so many great raw vegan kale salad recipes, now I prefer it to cooked! This sounds great but I’m a little scared of the fresh peppers. ;P Will have to try sometime, though!

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