Did you know …That kale and blueberries are a match made in heaven?
Think about it: deep purple and dark green. Two colors that can’t help but look stunning together. And think further about the antioxidants and other nutrients that both of these powerhouse items of produce bring to the palate. And, finally, imagine the taste: crisp and slightly bitter alongside sweet and just a little tart. That’s it, kale and blueberries, perfect together.
Kale is widely available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market nearly year round. It comes in a range of varieties including leaves that sport a hint of purple or red tone, and often brilliantly colored stalks. Smaller leaves are delicious in salads and require no cooking. Kale also can be steamed or sautéed with minimal additions such as lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, or fresh garlic.
Blueberries are just coming into season. Pattie Garrett, a Friends of the Market volunteer who writes about local foods regularly for her blog, My Saratoga Kitchen, offers this recipe for a summer kale salad that features not only blueberries but also market fresh goat cheese. Give it a try.
Baby Kale Salad with Blueberries and Goat Cheese
Recipe from Savor the Best
• 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1 Tablespoon honey
• ¼ teaspoon sea salt
• Few grindings of black pepper
• ½ cup olive oil
• Baby Kale Salad
• 5 ounces fresh baby kale
• 3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
• 1 cup fresh blueberries
• ½ cup sliced almonds
Whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, honey, and salt. Continue whisking while adding olive oil in a stream, blending well.
Baby Kale Salad:
Add the kale to a wide, shallow salad bowl, top the greens with goat cheese, blueberries and almonds.
Drizzle one-third of the lemon vinaigrette over the salad and toss well. Reserve the remaining vinaigrette for later use.
Substitute walnuts for almonds.
Nutrition information: 492 calories, 11 g protein, 17 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g sugar (4 g added sugar), 44 g fat, 9 saturated fat, 16 mg cholesterol, 332 mg sodium