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Kale salad with ricotta salata, pine nuts, and quinoa

With the end of kale season nearing, and temperatures rising,  I decided to try a kale salad with the big bunch of curly kale that showed up in our CSA box this week. There are legions of kale salad recipes out there, but nothing quite struck my fancy until I stumbled upon this recipe on Epicurious.

This simple salad is perfect for showcasing the kale, and besides, I’ve loved ricotta salata ever since I discovered it. It’s a delightfully salty cheese with a great, fresh flavor — perfect for crumbling over salads or pasta.I added some quinoa and toasted pine nuts to make it a bit more substantial, and called it a meal.


It was perfect for one of those hot evenings, when it was just asking too much to turn on the stove. Even better, the salad keeps well in the fridge, and it made for a delicious lunch the next day.

Kale Salad with Ricotta Salata, Pine Nuts, and Quinoa
Adapted from this recipe from Gourmet, January 2007

1 bunch kale, stems and center ribs removed
2 shallots, finely chopped
juice of one lemon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 1/2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup crumbled ricotta salata (about 2 oz)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 cups prepared quinoa (from 1/2 cup dry)

Cut the kale crosswise into thin slices. Whisk together the shallot, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Add the olive oil in a slow stream, whisking until combined well.

Toss the kale, ricotta salata, and pine nuts in a large bowl with the dressing, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the salad on a bed of quinoa.

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13 Thoughts on “Kale salad with ricotta salata, pine nuts, and quinoa

  1. yum! Some of my favorite things thrown together to make a delicious meal 🙂 Thanks for sharing and linking up!

  2. Wow. Kale season is short! But that salad looks so GOOD.

    • It is so good! Ricotta salata is good on just about anything, though. Totally worth it, even if I did have to make a separate Whole Foods run to find it!

  3. This may just make it to the dinner menu this weekend… I love kale, especially raw in salads. Have you tried the Martha Stewart lemony kale salad? I make that one a lot, but am anxious to try this!

  4. Yum! Glad I stumbled across this. I’ll have to try this one. Thanks for posting! Your blog looks great! 🙂

  5. Looks wonderful. I love kale, now to bring Katherine around…

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