Sunday, March 4, 2018

"Kale Mary" Salad w/ Pomegranate Seeds, Pine Nuts, Parmesan & Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

Switching my usual order at the Book Passage Cafe to the new "Kale Mary" salad must have been divine intervention.

"It's my favorite salad," said the woman who took my order. "Wow, that looks good," said the woman at the table next to me. She took a taste before I started, and we tried to figure out the ingredients.

A quick google search at home brought up "Lemon Olive Oil Dressing" from the Genius Kitchen, and another site described how important it was to massage the kale.

So here is a recipe for only the second "5+" rating on My Paleo Marin. The salad was as good as, if not better than, the one at the cafe (maybe due to fresh lemon juice and better cheese?). But a thankful nod to the Book Passage chef ~ out of all the recipes for kale salad, his palette definitely deserves a “Hallelujah!"

My Paleo Marin Rating: 5+



2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fine sea salt

1/2 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed organic lemon juice


1 large bunch of curly green kale, stem removed, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated into slivers (omit for vegan or paleo)
1 cup pine nuts



1. With a mortar and pestle, made a paste of the minced garlic and salt.
2. In a tightly-closed container (mason jar works fine), mix together the olive oil and lemon juice. Add the garlic and salt paste, and shake well to combine.


1. In a very large bowl, add the prepared kale pieces. Shake the dressing, and pour 1/2 over the greens. Toss, and then massage the greens with your hands for several minutes, until they start to “soften.”

2. Add the pomegranate seeds, grated cheese and pine nuts. Toss well to combine. Taste for salt, and amount of dressing.

Serve as a side or main course. Store leftover salad and extra dressing separately in covered containers in fridge.

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My Paleo Marin Rating 1-5 Persimmons
I try out these recipes so you don't have to (and modify them for Paleo where possible). The rating will reflect my opinion of the final result in terms of taste, ease of preparation, nutrition, and sometimes, cost.

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