Kids Eat Kale?

I've heard a rumor that some kids actually eat kale!! Could this possibly be true?  Mine sure don't.  My Mom served a delicious kale salad for Christmas made with mandarin oranges (the kind from the can that kids love).  My boys gobbled up the oranges but didn't touch the kale.  Boo.

I'm not giving up though. There's a class coming up at the Linden Hills Co-op called Kids Eat Kale and I just signed up to take it!!  I'm determined to get them to like this outrageously nutritious green vegetable, no matter how ugly it is. (Twin Cities readers - the class is Tuesday, January 19th and if you mention the name Mindful Momma when you preregister, you get $2 off the price!)

Here's the recipe for the kale salad.  I made it this weekend for a dinner party using blood oranges.  Isn't it pretty?!!

Kale salad


Kale Salad

1 bunch kale, chopped

2 or 3 oranges, separated into sections

1 bunch green onions (4-6 pieces), white part chopped

1/3 cup currants

2 T Balsamic vinegar

2 T olive oil

1/4 cup orange juice

Chopped, toasted hazelnuts

(my sister told me that she added cinnamon - I haven't tried that yet but it sounds like a nice addition)

Mix kale, oranges, green onions and currants together in a large bowl.  Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour dressing over kale.  Toss well and let sit for at least an hour, tossing every once in awhile.  Serve with toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top.

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