Sweet and Tart Kale Salad

In September of 2010 a friend delivered to me the most delicious kale salad that I never got to try. Through circumstances beyond my control, it sat in my fridge, forgotten and alone, so I had to throw it out. Luckily, this same friend lovingly created another batch of this Sweet and Tart Kale Salad after I gave birth to Harper in 2012. Two years later, I finally take my first bite of this super food and my eyes were opened to how kale could be transformed into something unbelievably delicious.

Jim and Harper, 2013

I was a skeptic on kale until 2012, and this recipe changed my mind. Today I make it regularly to go alongside a simple protein like baked salmon or grilled chicken. I use an entire bunch of curly leaf dinosaur kale with its pungent, peppery flavor and store the leftovers in the fridge for lunch the next day.

The trick is to sprinkle over kosher salt, good olive oil and fresh lemon before messaging the leaves with your fingers, turning them bright green while they soften.