kale and ricotta salata salad

09 Jun

This year, one of our favorite discoveries at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market has been the Black Sheep Creamery.  We have enjoyed their fresh ricotta, ricotta salata, Tin Willow Tomme, Saint Helens, pecorino and feta (We’ve been good customers!).  There is such a difference in fresh cheese over the cheese you buy at the supermarket.  If you ever have the chance to sample some, don’t let the opportunity pass you by!

This recipe was posted at her booth, and her booth just happened to be next to a stand with fresh farm vegetables.  They had bunches of beautiful Tuscan kale.  It is flat-leafed, as opposed to the curly leaf kale that you normally find in the grocery store.  Very tender.

Ricotta salata is the pressed, salted and dried version of ricotta, which makes it perfect to slice, grate or crumble into a beautiful summer salad.

Kale and Ricotta Salata Salad

  • one bunch of Tuscan kale
  • fresh ricotta salata
  • juice of half of a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • one shallot, minced (or a little minced onion)
  • salt and pepper

Trim the stems from the leaves of the kale.  Stack the leaves, roll them and slice into strips.

Mix together the shallot (or onion), lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Pour over the kale, toss and let sit for 10 minutes.  Crumble the ricotta salata on top and serve.

Adapted from The New York Times


Posted by on June 9, 2011 in salads, vegetarian


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3 responses to “kale and ricotta salata salad

  1. Magen

    June 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I have this salad on Sunday and it was unexpectedly delicious. The kale is much different that the big leaf one I was used to. This one is a keeper because it is so different.

  2. Marc

    June 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    We’re going to make ricotta salata a regular purchase just because of this recipe. We’re adding a special planting of italian kale just to take advantage of this. It’s good enough I think we may need to branch out with other cheeses like feta if the ricotta salata is unavailable. Kale is so healthy for you, I imagine each serving adds another half a day of life.

  3. Beth

    June 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    This is a very tasty salad. We bought the kale from our local farmers market. The leaves are small and tender. I like the light taste that goes well with a summer evening.


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