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Kale is a tough vegetable. Almost no one I know really likes it. Since discovering the best way to eat kale awhile back, I love it.
This Mediterranean kale salad is definitely a favorite of mine. It’s healthy and filling, and since it’s got protein from tuna, it’s the perfect salad to eat when you don’t want to heat your kitchen to a million degrees.
And, because it’s loaded with flavorful ingredients like olives, feta, and peppadew peppers, it’s amazingly delicious. For a salad, could you ask for anything more?
For me, the best way to eat kale depends on a couple things. First, I am particular to Tuscan kale. It’s the one with the long, dark leaves. Also called dinosaur kale, or lacinato, it’s kind of sweet, and insanely healthy. So when I make this Mediterranean kale salad, I typically use this one.
I slice the kale into thin ribbons and then grab a giant salad bowl. As I add the kale to the salad bowl, I massage it with my fingers. Just press it to soften the leaves. Then I add a big pinch of coarse sea salt. These two things make a huge difference when making a kale salad.
For most of my salads, I use a combination of kale and Romaine. It’s crunchy, fresh-tasting, familiar, and not hard to chew. There’s nothing worse than having to chomp on a salad for an hour.
From there, I add the remaining ingredients. In this case, all the flavorful things listed above, plus some pita chips, and a can of oil-packed tuna. The dressing is a very simple concoction of olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon, and garlic. I have found that the simplest dressings are often the best, especially in the case of salads packed with umami ingredients like this one.
Mediterranean Kale Tuna Salad
Full of flavorful ingredients, this Mediterranean kale salad will show you the absolute best way to eat kale. Perfect for hot summer days when cooking isn’t an option.
Grab your largest salad bowl. Add the sliced kale to the bowl, massaging it lightly as you add it. Add a pinch of coarse salt and toss with your hands.
Add the remaining ingredients, breaking up the tuna as you add it.
Combine the dressing in a jar and shake. Taste, adjust the seasoning.
Add this to the salad, and toss until well combined.
Storing leftovers: You can store leftovers in the fridge, but if you make this salad ahead for later, you should dress just before serving. Variations: Anything can be added to this salad — roasted garlic cloves, artichokes, any type of olives, capers, hard boiled egg. Pairs well with: Garlic Confit, Chickpea Flatbread, Black Pepper Cheddar Bread