Killer Kale, A Cat Tale…

cathy nelson arkle

I have a confession. My cat, Dante, likes kale better than I do.  I am trying to take his lead and eat more of it.  So when I find a recipe that makes kale tasty, I get a little excited, even if I have to fight my cat for the green stuff.

Maybe Dante knows that kale has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any vegetable. Its richness shines in: antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and anti-cancer nutrients. This should up the ante for eating more kale.

As for Dante… here is the kale tale.

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To eliminate the problem, I buy curly kale for Dante, and Dinosaur Kale (Lacinato) for me. It seems like a healthy and safe solution for both of us.

Kale Salad with Blue Cheese & Dates
Recipe type: Salad
The sweet dressing and dates pairs well with the subtle bitterness of the kale in this summer salad. Serves 6.
  • 1 pound fresh kale, stems removed, leaves thinly shredded, rinsed and patted dry
  • ⅓ cup slivered almonds
  • 8 dates, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  1. Use a sharp knife to cut out the tough midrib of each kale leaf, and discard or freeze for making stock later.
  2. Slice the leaves crosswise into thin, ¼ inch wide, slices. The easiest way to do this is to work with a small bunch of leaves at a time, stack the leaves and roll them into a loose cigar shape. Then using a sharp knife, work from one end of the "cigar" to the other, slicing a ¼ inch off from the end. Place the kale slices into a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, rice vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.
  4. A half hour to an hour before serving, toss the kale together with the dressing, almonds, and the dates, allowing the kale to marinate a bit.
  5. Right before serving, stir in the crumbled blue cheese.


Quote of the Day

“There are two types of people; those who eat kale and those who should.” – Bo Muller-Moore

I am the the third type of person, I eat kale because I should. Although, I am learning to love it.
…and then, she paused for thought. 


For more kale possibilities, CLICK HERE  for the LA Food Bloggers recipes from the January Kale-a-palooza meeting.


About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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27 Responses to Killer Kale, A Cat Tale…

  1. Rona Lewis January 30, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I have kale all the time. I sauté it with balsamic and cranberries or with garlic and pine nuts. It is SO versatile! As for this recipe, substitute goat cheese for the blue and I’m all over it!

  2. cathyarkle January 30, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Rona, were you a cat in a former life? 🙂 I love the cranberries and balsamic idea. Will be trying that soon.

  3. Natalie @ The Devil Wears Parsley January 30, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    The photos of Dante are fantastic! What a cute kid! I’ll have to see if my kids like it too. The hubby always clips grass for them, and they seem to like that. A couple years ago, I realized that I actually liked kale, and buy it every so often. This salad looks right up my alley!

    • cathyarkle January 30, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks Natalie, please let me know what your “kids” think of it. I juice kale, but now I am trying to incorporate it into my meals.

  4. Nan January 30, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Perfect timing. I was just wondering what I should do with the kale I purchased. Sounds wonderful. Thanks.

  5. cathyarkle January 30, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    That is great Nan, let me know what you think.

  6. Nan January 30, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    How could I forget to say how much I enjoyed seeing Dante. Even if just in a photograph. Sweet and sassy kitty!

  7. Leslie Macchiarella January 30, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Haha to your cute, sparky kale devotee, Dante. And your salad looks so inviting! I’m going for it. Your recipes are always a sure bet.

    • cathyarkle January 30, 2013 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks Leslie! Sometimes the best lessons come from our pets!

  8. Nan January 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I absolutely LOVED the kale salad!!!!!!! I used both curly and lacinato kale. Amazing.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • cathyarkle January 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      I am so happy you LOVED the salad Nan. Great idea to use both kinds of kale!

  9. Christina January 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Very cute, Cathy! I’m not a big kale fan, but I do sneak it into some things, like minestra, with other greens and beans!

    • cathyarkle January 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      I am with you Christina, but I am getting better about eating it in more things.

  10. shockinglydelicious February 1, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    All right, I must make your salad, and you must make mine! This one will convert you, I promise:

    • cathyarkle February 1, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      Shockinglydelicious, you have a deal. I will let you know how it goes.

  11. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen February 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Your kitty is so cute!! And beautiful salad, I always love trying new kale recipes 🙂 It is so healthy!

    • cathyarkle February 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Thanks Kristi! Let me know what you think of the salad. I so respect your opinion.

  12. Cheri Cameron Newell February 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Dante can go out for Kale Pizza with me anytime! My favorite new treat!

    • cathyarkle February 11, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Thanks Cheri! I have yet to try kale on pizza.

  13. bumbleberry breeze February 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Your Dante looks like our Kitty!!
    The salad looks divine- Yummy- I’m with you on the kale front but I’m surprised at how quickly I’m warming to it ( though swiss chard is still a hit. I also like the Tuscan better but the curly works well on kale chips (I posted that a while back)- am enjoying your blog-Judy

    • cathyarkle February 11, 2013 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks Bumbleberry Breeze! I am slowly warming up to kale as well. I hope to love kale very soon! 🙂

  14. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry February 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Four of my favorite ingredients all in one salad. Definitely going on my to-make list. And what a cute sous chef you have!

    • cathyarkle February 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      Thanks Lynne! I think I could eat anything if it had blue cheese on it! And yes… my sous chef is very handsome if I don’t say so myself!

  15. Mary Papoulias-Platis April 5, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Cathy your cat is adorable! I do like kale and your salad seems easy and a great healthful plate to recreate!

    • cathyarkle April 5, 2013 at 9:37 am #

      Yes, Mary I do agree on both accounts. Enjoy!

  16. Simone | Simone's Kitchen February 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    O hahaha.. That is just too funny! Not sure my cats would agree with Dante but hey I never tried! Will do so soon!


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