Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Emperor's New Salad

I like to think of myself as a bit of a foodie. I eat out, read food magazines, watch Top Chef, follow the trends on Twitter, and cook a little myself, too. So, I am aware of the recent kale rage and not surprised in the least that lately? It seems like any place that considers itself some place has a kale salad on the menu.

Before we go any further let me publicly proclaim my support of greens. I have a winter CSA, and believe me, I have spent the last five years devising new ways to prepare and eat greens. I plan to continue to do so. Greens are great!

To continue...

A quick search of the internet turns up countless recipes for innumerable versions of kale saled. All have one thing in common: you must "massage" the kale before serving. Shouldn't that be a clue?

Even so, it was with happy aniticpation and the unabashed praise of the waiter that I ordered my first kale salad a few weeks ago. It was lunch time on a holiday Monday, though, and so the kitchen did not send my order with the rest of our table's.

We were on our way to a movie, I had a main dish coming, my family had shared their appetizers with me, so I shrugged it off and asked the waiter to take it off the check. His eyes widened in genuine concern. It will only take a moment, he assured me, but I was already sure, no salad today.

A few minutes later, along with our entrees the waiter presented a kale salad. It's on me, he said. I didn't want you to miss out. I appreciated the gesture, but I doubt any salad could live up to such hype, and that kale salad definitely did not. We all tried a bite, and when we were finished chewing, (and chewing, and chewing), we agreed that perhaps this green did not lend itself to a salad.

Or maybe it just needed a bit more massaging.


  1. Bummer. We have tried lots of recipes for Kale, as well, and the whole family can mostly agree on liking Kale Chips. Matt made an excellent Kale curry - see my post for more details! :)

  2. Some things are just not meant to be. Maybe the chef only went to culinary school and not massage school :)

  3. I have heard of kale, but I have never heard of Kale Salad. And I know I definitely won't be serving a vegetable that needs massaging! I'm more of a dump it out of the bag and into the bowl kind of gal! At least you can say you have tried it!

  4. I'm glad the salad was on the house.

  5. "maybe it just needed a bit more massaging" That is fantastic. Well written - a joy to read!