In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d share a favorite over at Moosewood in Ithaca, NY. The few times I went there, I tried their “house” dressing and never once strayed from my selection. My mom bought me one of their cookbooks to remember my time at Cornell and of course it had the recipe for their famous green dressing. The Creamy Basil & Spinach Dressing doesn’t taste “green” at all and is bursting with flavor. Go ahead and give this favorite a try, and I promise you won’t be making a change any time soon.
I’ve been waiting for the leaves to change to resurrect this healthy and colorful Baby Kale, Sweet Potato & Apple Salad. The acidity of the fresh lemon juice and tartness of the dijon mustard both pair well with kale’s heartiness. The crisp apple, sweet potato and creamy delicata squash also somehow diminish and enhance the earthy and sometimes bitter flavors of kale. I’ve made this with curly kale, dinosaur kale or baby kale. I prefer baby kale for the milder taste. No matter the type of kale used, the subtle flavors in the salad and the crunch added by the walnuts create a salad you’ll want again and again. Continue reading “Hearty Autumn Kale Salad”