Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tender Baby Kale - My New Favorite Salad Green

Pots of salad greens (from left) - baby kale, arugula and mesclun mix.
Last fall, my neighbor introduced me to baby kale by way of a simple yet delicious salad she made for one of our last minute neighborhood potlucks.  Up until that point, I'd only ever eaten mature kale leaves.  The difference between the two was pretty stark.  Kale has always been near the bottom of my favorite veggies list primarily because of its toughness.  Baby kale on the other hand is perfectly tender.  This spring, I decided to try growing it in pots, and the results were pretty good.  I used a Portuguese kale variety given to me by fellow garden blogger, Michelle.  It has a mild flavor yet holds up nicely in a salad. 

The salads are steady at the moment and so are the Asian greens.  Hopefully it won't be long before we harvest our first snow peas. 

5 comments:

  1. I'm at he greens, greens, greens stage too. Though my salad turnips are about ready to start picking. The peas though are a long way off. But they are growing fast now that the soil as warmed up.

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  2. I love kale but was surprised by how sweet baby kale tastes.

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  3. Yum - love kale. I'm growing a Portuguese kale this year too - Beira Tronchuda - which is technically a collard green but Laura at Modern Victory Garden said she preferred it to traditional kale, so I thought I would give it a try.

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  4. I had not thought to try the Portuguese kale as a baby kale.I have purchased baby kale in moments of desperation wen the garden provides no greens, but now I'm going to try growing some baby Portuguese kale instead. I've got lots of seeds left and they're probably still good

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  5. Fabulous greens, and I love your idea of using baby kale. I have a bed where it self-seeded from last year so i might use it when it's still young.

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