There is something remarkably pleasing about taking a thing from the earth, planted by your own hands, and bringing it to the table, filling up your plate.
There's a simple joy in all of it, from the time the seeds hit the soil, to the tasks of watering, weeding, and watching -- a quiet delight in the daily tending of something that grows. And there's a satisfying pride too, as you see it in your kitchen, preparing for a casual Saturday evening meal at home, Fall blowing in through open windows and screen doors.
Hoping that you, too, are inspired to tend to something that grows.
Citrusy Fall Kale Salad with cranberries, feta and pistachios
1 small bunch kale
1/2 lemon, juiced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste
1 T olive oil
palmful dried cranberries
2 mandarin oranges, 1 juiced, 1 segmented
Wash, trim and chiffonade the kale and place in salad bowl. In a small bowl, combine the juice of 1/2 a lemon, juice of 1 small mandarin, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the dressing over kale and massage the greens and the dressing together with your hands until the kale is well coated and wilted. Toss in the cranberries, mandarin orange segments, cubed or crumbled feta and pistachios.
p.s. If you happen to make this homemade pizza to go with the salad you grew, while you sip a glass of wine, well then, you have certainly set yourself up for a sweet Saturday night!