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Raw Kale Salad with Apples and Almonds

If you are a community gardener, like me, you probably grow your share of greens, collards, swiss chard and kale, in particular. They grow great in less than full sun gardens because they are putting all of their energy into developing leaves instead of producing fruit like tomatoes or other vegetables like cucumbers and squash. Use young leaves for your salad. Use mature leaves as cooked greens as they can be tough raw.

Here is a great recipe to use your late season kale. If you are a juicer, several leaves to add to your daily green drink.


  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, sliced into thin, short ribbons
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated aged cheese)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Mix together kale, almonds, apple, and cheese. Toss with olive oil and lemon juice to taste. Use a ratio of about 2 tablespoons oil to 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and an additional shave or ten of cheese. Enjoy.

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