Monday, December 13, 2010

Kale Salad with Yogurt Garlic Sauce

This past semester I have been trying to go to the Athens Farmers Market as often as I can. I love buying fresh vegetables and using them throughout the week. The farmers there are so wonderful and dedicated to what they do. Going this semester has really reinforced my belief of how important it is to support local agriculture.

Lazy Willow Farm is smart and in addition to selling an array of fresh, seasonal vegetables they have a couple of recipe handouts that complement the vegetables they are currently selling. I decided to make this Kale Salad recipe and had excellent results! It was delicious the night I made it and even better the next day after I refrigerated it.

Kale Salad with Yogurt-Garlic Sauce
From Turkey
serves 4-6

1.5 T virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 cup fresh tomatoes (chopped) or one 16 oz jar canned tomotoes
1 cup of cooked rice
1/2 cup sweet peppers, preferably colored
1 lb kale
salt and freshly ground pepper

Ingredients for Yogurt-Garlic Sauce
1 2/3 cup plain yogurt
4 garlic cloves

Chop the kale, stems and all. If the stems are large, remove and chop fine

In a large sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion, cook gently for about 2 minutes. Add peppers and continue to cook until softened. Add the chopped kale and stems and cooks, stirring constantly, until wilted. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, and stir, cooking until the tomato juice has reduced substantially and the kale is tender.

Take the pot off the heat and stir in cooked rice. Taste for salt and let it cool to room temperature. Serve with garlic-yogurt sauce and healthy sprinkle of paprika [the perfect finishing touch].

Sauce Directions
In a bowl, stir the yogurt, garlic, and salt together. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, if not longer, to allow all the flavors to blend.

Enjoy this delicious, healthy meal and be sure to support your own local farmers market!


  1. i love reading your blog because i learn so much about you that i didn't know. and since you love to cook so much, how come i've never sampled any of your goodies :)?

  2. hahaha! Robin, I will definitely make you something when I get back :)