Kale Caprese Salad is a fresh take on the Italian classic, filled with kale, basil, tomatoes, mozzarella and a light vinaigrette.
Alright guys, it’s the 21st of the month. So that means its time for another Recipe Redux recipe challenge! This month’s theme is all about eating in-season produce. “Whether your produce comes from the Farmers Market, a CSA share, or a plot of dirt out back, show how you are using fresh July fruits or veggies.” And since I can’t leave the produce isle or farmers market without a bunch of kale, I decided it was time to share my family’s go-to kale dish: kale caprese salad. Yes, even my somewhat picky eating toddler joins in the tastiness of this dish! Kids eat kale too… no matter what you might believe [or see at your own dinner table]. Here’s why this recipe works for my toddler…
Have you ever watched a toddler eat salad? It’s humorous, especially if they are eating it in someone else’s kitchen other than your own. Unless your toddler has great quality control with a fork, the components of the salad are likely to hit the floor. But something magical happened when I gave Joey this kale caprese salad. He ditched the fork and picked the mozzarella and tomatoes [and a little kale] out with his fingers. Lesson learned? Serve toddlers salads with big mix-in’s! The finger-appropriate foods, the more likely your toddler will try it! Or so that’s what works with my little guy. Here’s to hoping this works in your family too!
- 1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped [about 4 cups]
- 1 cup bocconcini [mini mozzarella], halved
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- Dressing [makes about 1 cup]:
- ⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Add kale to a large bowl.
- Combine dressing ingredients and whisk until combined. Pour over kale and toss until evenly coated.
- Add cheese and tomatoes. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
- Before serving, add basil and toss to combine.
For other in-season produce recipe inspiration, be sure to visit fellow Recipe Redux member recipes!