• kale
  • arugula
  • asparagus
  • bacon
  • shallot
  • red onion
  • red wine vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mozzarella

“Do I see bacon? If so, you should include that in the title; bacon sells everything.”—a loyal fan/one of my best friends.

I harvested all of the kale and arugula from my garden Easter weekend. I gave a bunch away, but decided to shred the rest for two portions of salad for two potlucks that weekend. Actually both Easter afternoon. Yeah, I ate a lot of good food that day. Have I told you how much I love potlucks? :)

Wow, after shredding kale or any vegetable that is fluffed with air, it really condenses. I couldn’t believe that this one bowl of salad used to be 5 bags of kale leaves. Geesh!

If you don’t have or don’t use your Cuisinart Food Processor, I suggest you give it a try. It makes foods a breeze to chop, slice, or shred, especially for salads. My 5 year old helped stuff leaves down the funnel to be shred. While we were at it, we also shred a small bundle of asparagus.

So this salad is Kale Arugula Asparagus Chop Salad. I’ll be honest and let you know that I did not measure anything, and I totally made this up. So I’m guessing on measurements here: adjust as needed for your own tastes.

5 gallon bags of kale leaves: about 5 cups shredded. + 1 full gallon bag of arugula leaves: about 2 cups shredded. + one small bundle of asparagus: 1 cups shredded. + 1 package of bacon; cooked and crumbled. + 2 shallot bulbs; minced. + a hunk of leftover red onion: about 1/2 cup chopped. + a generous handful of mozzarella cheese. + salt (1/2 ts.?) + pepper (1/2 tsp.?) + lemon juice (1/8 cup?) + red wine vinegar (3 TBL?) + olive oil (1/4 cup?). Sorry for all the guesses, but I really just eye balled this one.

It was very good. Not too sour, not too Earthy, not too heavy. I split it into two bowls and brought one to each potluck.

Kale salad 1

The nice thing about using the food processor, besides the speed and ease in shredding, is that there is just one container to rinse out afterwards. No extra dishes and no accidentally cut fingers on shredding blades.

Kale salad2

Okay, so the only weird thing about this salad is that shredded kale can look a lot like cooked spinach. But this is raw, not cooked, even though it looks so dark green. It looks stringy but the shredding actually lessened the amount of tough strings to chew through. This was wintered over kale from last summer mind you.

Kale salad3

Yes! Tasty stuff here.

Kale salad