People who care about food, have a philosophy about what they eat and why they eat it. Some are vegetarians for animal reasons, or vegan because of health purposes, you may not eat gluten because of an allergy, or some stay away from it as part of an anti-inflammatory diet. No red meat, no foods with a face, just fish... there are so many ways you could qualify your eating habits. While eating a gigantic bowl of this salad, I was reminded of why I try to eat well as often as possible. You feel so much better. I don't want to get into a discussion of the right and wrong of what to eat, because I don't feel it's a black and white issue. You have to respect yourself and those you're feeding, and believe that what you are putting inside, does matter, and then make your own decisions. All I can say is that for myself, I find a big bowl of raw kale salad, a subtle reminder of how good it feels to put healthy things in our bodies.

I know it's a bit early in the season to be singing the praises of kale, but this salad is my current obsession. If you are familiar with this hearty green, the thought of eating it raw sounds a bit daunting. It is tough, and somewhat bitter. I don't often cook with it because it tastes so earthy, and now I am eating it raw, by the bowlful. You toss it with this light tangy dressing, while it's speckled with bits of grainy bread crumbs and salty parmesan and it's amazing how something so simple and good for you, can taste this great too. The salmon here is not meant to have any strong flavors, as the kale salad adds enough zip for both components. You could easily serve the salad with some roasted chicken, marinated tofu or with the ever-so-versatile poached egg as well.

The kale salad recipe is adapted from Dr. Weil/True Food Kitchen. Make a little extra if you like leftovers, the kale stands up to the dressing really well, so you can keep it lightly dressed in the fridge and it only gets better. This will likely make more dressing than you need, but better to be prepared.

4 Cups Kale (lacinato or cavolo nero best), rinsed and dried
1/3 Cup Fresh, Whole Grain Breadcrumbs
1/3-1/2 Cup Fresh Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese
Red Pepper Flakes to taste

2 (5 oz.) Pieces Wild/Sustainably Raised Salmon Filets
1 Tbsp. Dried Basil
1 tsp. Garlic Salt
Ground Pepper
1/2 Cup White Wine

// Dressing //
1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Cloves Garlic
Pinch of Salt/Ground Pepper

1. Remove the ribs from the kale, lay leaves on top of each other, and slices into 1/4'' ribbons. Put them all in a bowl.
2. For the dressing, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves and pinch of salt, pepper and red pepper in a blender/food processor and blend to combine. Taste for spice and lemon to olive oil ratio, I find that this is a personal preference. You can also add a touch of honey to mellow out the tang if need be. Pour desired amount over the kale and toss so the leaves marinate in the dressing while you finish the salmon.
3. Dry both sides of the salmon, and gently rub on the garlic salt, pepper and dried basil. Heat a sauce pan over medium heat with a bit of oil to avoid sticking, add the salmon filets, and allow them to get crispy on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the filets, sear for a minute, and add the 1/2 cup of wine to the pan. Cover and cook until just cooked through. This will likely take another 5 minutes, but will vary depending on thickness of your filet. Use your judgement and watch the center of the fish. Remove.
4. Add the breadcrumbs, grated parmesan, a bit more dressing and give the salad another toss to combine. Serve each plate with a hefty portion of kale, and a piece of salmon.

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Reader Comments (64)

I'm a little scared to try kale in anything other than chip form, but that meal really looks delicious. And I love salmon!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Kale makes me feel wonderful. I can't explain why but it just does. I grow cavalo nero every year for this reason. I can't wait for my seedlings to grow so I can try your version of kale salad with bread crumbs! Bread crumbs! How unique! :)

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

I love the reminder you wrote how it feels good to put healthy things into our bodies. So true. I've never eaten kale this way. Most of the time it's role is a garnish but I've gotta try this! Thanks for another great post!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYumi @ Natsukashii

I love the simple goodness of this! Will definitely give it a try this week!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfigandfennel

I adore kale of all kinds, braised with olive oil and garlic (and chili and anchovy), but haven't quite mustered the gumption to try it raw. When we get our first autumn kale, around here, I'll bear this rendition in mind. Sounds right up my alley.

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

I love kale and usually find myself baking or sauteing it. Haven't tried it raw yet...but there's a first time for everything!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I love my fair share of mac n cheese, but I can't eat it everyday. I find that the meals I cook the most for myself are ones that are clean and healthy. There's nothing worse than the feeling of eating a whole pizza. Ugh.

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrianna from A Cozy Kitchen

This looks amazing! I have only recently gotten into kale, and there's a raw kale salad that I have been trying to duplicate. Can't wait to try this out!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

This looks delicious! Some of my favorite ingredients in there!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @ Sohdalex

Looks like a very health-ful dinner. Love your photos btw :)

This is one of my favorite combinations, but I've always used feta, pine nuts, and chile. They're kale kissing cousins! :) And the salmon looks luscious.

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

That kale salad sounds so good! I have recently re-discovered kale, and am looking for good ways to eat it. I will most definitely be trying this!!!

September 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRowie

I make a very similar fresh kale salad and prefer the lacinato variety. Before I saw this post, I just picked and cleaned kale to make it tomorrow. For anyone who hasn't tried raw kale - it's amazingly delicious.

Season shmeason. Bring on the kale. This sounds so good!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe French

Mmm I love raw kale with a garlicky dressing. If you massage the leaves, it helps break down the kale, making it easier to eat.

Eating mostly plants works for me, but I know when I need eggs or fish or ever so often, chicken. I try to listen to my body more than stick a label on my dietary habits.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradrienne

Mmm I love raw kale with a garlicky dressing. If you massage the leaves, it helps break down the kale, making it easier to eat.

Eating mostly plants works for me, but I know when I need eggs or fish, or ever so often, chicken. I try to listen to my body more than stick a label on my dietary habits.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteradrienne

I do love kale, but i can't remember if i've ever eaten raw or not! definitely sounds like a good recipe though, and i totally agree with you about the eating healthy thing: although we all have our different definitions / reasons / views / whatever, it certainly does feel good to know you're eating good food :).

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather @ chiknpastry

YUM looks divine

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole Franzen

I totally agree with you about eating well! I love kale but haven't prepared it like this before. And seared wild salmon is always a winner to me!! Great dish!

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer @ Maple n Cornbread

I love kale as well and I also love to eat it raw. Try this sometime. If you bruise the kale you breakdown all the fibers, similar to what cooking it does, and it releases a lot more flavor yet still feels fresh. It's amazing.

September 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

This kale looks amazing. I love that it can hang out in the fridge for a while. Yum!

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ CozyDelicious

I just found your blog and I am s o glad! All the food looks delicious and the recipes look like things I can and will actually make :)

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ WWoB

I love this salad! I've never had raw kale before, but I love it cooked and can't get enough of leafy greens. I'll be trying this very soon!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

I love your blog and I love that your recipes are so versatile and offer meat-less suggestions. Your photographs are gorgeous and your food is inspiring.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLacey

Beautiful post, love love love kale!

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuise

Love this recipe and I'm not even that big of a fan of salmon. Kale is a great veggie to cook with. And SO healthy. I always feel superb after eating kale.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Just finished some kale in a lentil soup. Haven't had it raw yet -- sounds glorious!

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

That is so nutritious! Love it!

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLea Barlow

I recently came across your blog and fell in LOVE with your pictures! The photography is incredible and makes all of your food look phenomenal! Can't wait to try out some of your recipes, especially the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with cherries and pecans! YUM!

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmari

This post couldn't have come at a better time! I've been buying this amazing kale salad from PCC, but it's way too expensive...and I'd been wishing I had a recipe to make my own. Well, I made the kale salad and salmon tonight; it's a WINNER. thanks!!

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate Hart

I just wanted to stop and compliment the photography, the delicious food, and the quality of writing. My wife turned me onto your blog and I love it! Keep up the great work!

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Oh my I need to try this kale salad as I am obsessed with kale too! It's so amazingly good for you that one needs a number of ways to enjoy it. It's been going in my green smoothy lately but your recipe looks divine! Thanx for sharing.

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie the Alkaline Sister

Kale salad and salmon--that's not something you see every day! This meal looks positively scrumptious. I'm going to cook salmon your way next time. Kale is one of those vegetables I tend to skip over at the market, but it's high time I gave it another shot. Yum and yum!

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

your pictures are gorgeous!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchulamama

I always struggle with kale, I just never know what to do with it. thanks for a new idea!

My food philosophy. Try my best to eat ethically, locally, organically.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon @

For some reason there was no option to leave a comment on your blackberry crumble post. But your kind and spiritual words about getting married and starting a new life together really hit home as I am getting married in March. I can TOTALLY relate to how you are feeling!! Your entry was so personal, I really enjoyed it--and not to mention the freaking dessert! YUM YUM YUM!!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCathleen

This was delicious - we did steam the kale before dressing, but that was the only adjustment. Thank you!

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

i made the kale salad tonight (alongside hamburgers & hobo potatoes)-- yum! i thought i had lost my interest in kale, but it turns out i like it best raw (steamed kale with baked tofu doesn't cut it anymore, and nor does our former favorite: crispy kale).

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

but i forgot to mention: i replaced the lemon vinaigrette with a grapefruit & shallot vin leftover from a fennel salad recipe. it added just the right sweet and tart to the kale.

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdanielle

that kale is looking pretty delicious!

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November 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFarmer’s Market Find: Fa

I love kale and this looks just so simple and delicious! Thanks!

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I made this for dinner tonight sans the salmon and it was delectable. I love this salad more than any salad I've ever had--and that's saying a lot, because I adore salad! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Boss

It's funny - a friend of mine JUST told me that she had started eating raw kale and how delicious it was. I'll admit I was skeptical, but this recipe has now inspired me to try it!

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