Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Raw Deal Meal

Insalata di Cavoli Ricci, Cavoletto Rosso, Carota e Feta
Kale, Red Cabbage & Carrot Salad with Feta Cheese

Okay- this is more of an appetizer or a snack than a meal... but the title wouldn't have rhymed if I had called it that! But the fact is, that greens- even the red ones ( ;-) ), taste totally delicious raw and make for a yummy alternative to the usual salad greens... as well as being so crunchy and pretty too!

I made 2 dishes from the last little bit of kale I had this evening- this is one of them. Just 2 leaves each of kale and red cabbage made a wonderful little salad- half a carrot and a the last handful of Feta cheese made it complete... I love that! Waste not: want not as they say! But the trouble is... you will try this and then want some more!

The good news is of course- no cooking! You will be ready to go in just 5 minutes- and you have got to love that! Wash and dry the kale and red cabbage, cut away the tough stalk from the middle of the leaves, lay them on top of each other and cut them into the thinnest strips that you can manage. Place them into a bowl, add a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Now crunch up the salad with your hands- it will soon lose it's tough structure and become shiny and much more tender.

Peel half a carrot, cut it in half, then into slices, revolve once and then cut those slices into little sticks. Failing this- you could always just grate it coarsely! Add the carrot to the salad, along with the crumbles Feta cheese. Toss together and serve with a little extra olive oil, lemon juice and a nice drizzle of honey- and enjoy! Some things really are so easy!

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