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Kale, Pine Nut, and Parmesan Salad

Posted Jan 14 2010 5:15am
Well since I have all this kale hanging around my house I was thinking last night that I needed something else to make with it.  Wouldn't you know that I got this recipe in my inbox this morning in my Runner's World email.  How weird is that.  This recipe comes from The Athlete's Palate: Dan Barber.  I had never heard of that cookbook, but I think I am going to buy it on Amazon. 

Kale, Pine Nut, and Parmesan Salad

Tuscan kale thrives in cooler months and is packed with vitamins A and C as well as cancer-fighting phytochemicals called glucosinolates. If you can't find this slightly sweet-tasting variety, use the small, tender leaves of regular kale.

2 tablespoons dried currants
7 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, divided
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 bunches Tuscan kale (about 1 pound), center ribs and stems removed, leaves thinly sliced crosswise
2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted Parmesan cheese shavings

Place the currants in a small bowl; add five tablespoons of the balsamic vinegar. Let them soak for at least one hour or up to overnight. Drain the currants.

Whisk the remaining two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, honey, oil, and salt in a large bowl. Add the kale, currants, and pine nuts; toss to coat.

Let marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature, tossing occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese shavings over salad. Makes six servings.


CALORIES PER SERVING: 110
CARBS: 14 G
PROTEIN: 4 G
FAT: 6 G


On deck today is a run at some point.  Hopefully outside b/c it is a balmy 39 degrees out there!  It's amazing how good the 39 can feel after suffering throught the teens and 20s for a few weeks.   Fonzie needs it too, he was up looking to play ball like 3 times last night. I need to wear his butt out. Howeve,r I can feel that my gut is a little funked up from all the fiber yesterday. I forgot that I also had a GNU Fiber bar at one point in the day. Uh oh Houston we may have a problem. I cannot run with a funked up belly I will be pooping my pants 1 mile into the run.  Good times. 
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