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Greek Kale Salad

by Julie Horton - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kale packs a punch, many believe it to be a perfect food, packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and K, high in lutein and beta carotene. But, many folks just don’t know what to do with the stuff so since kale is in season we thought we’d help. Plus this wonderful recipe requires very little cooking a bonus as we try and make it through one of the hottest summers on record.  Throw in some hard crusty bread and you’ve got a complete summer meal.

Four Servings
1 ¾ lbs of kale, large stems removed
½ cup of grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, cut lengthwise into slivers
2 ounces (2/3 cups) of feta cheese crumbled
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Cook kale leaves about 5 minutes, or until just tender in a large pot of boiling water. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. Move the kale to a clean towel and squeeze dry – if you have a salad spinner you can spin the kale and then squeeze. Fluff the leaves, coarsely chop and move to a large serving bowl. If you’d like to save time and trouble look for baby kale in the supermarket and use raw.

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the olive oil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and season with salt and pepper.

Add the tomatoes, olives and crumbled feta to the kale and toss. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Serve with a baguette or other crusty bread.

Recipe Adapted from Food and Wine magazine.

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Julie Horton - Julie Horton is the Purveyor of Cycling Adventures at ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours. She bicycled in more than 20 countries on a year long, self-supported bicycle tour around the world, which covered more than 14,000 miles. Her career in the adventure travel industry began back in 1994 when she started leading hiking tours in the USA, Europe, and far flung locations like Nepal and Thailand. After 10 years on the trail her desire to get back on the road led her to ExperiencePlus! in 2004. Her passion for traveling by bicycle and sharing the possibilities and plans with our travelers makes her "work" at ExperiencePlus! fun and gratifying. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for traveling by bike with each of you and hearing of your adventures. Email Julie(at)

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