Kale has so many health benefits, and is so versatile, I have a hard time choosing what to share. Since it is Monday, I chose this favorite recipe, because if you add a cup or so of chickpeas, it makes a perfect Meatless Monday lunch or dinner, that is both easy and healthy! This also uses Heirloom tomatoes and by adding freshly squeezed oranges (like Valencia’s!) instead of lemon- makes it a bit sweeter! All of these can be found in this week’s Market Baskets.
8 ounces (1 1/4 cups) pasta
1 cup (cooked) chickpeas or shredded chicken (optional)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 pound mixed heirloom tomatoes, chopped
4 ounces (6 cups) kale (chopped, with stems removed)
1/2 cup diced onion (red or white)
2 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice (orange juice will make it sweeter)
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup lightly packed basil leaves, shredded
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and kale and cook until just tender, about 8 minutes. If adding cooked chickpeas or chicken, add with pasta and kale to allow the flavor to marinate. Drain, cool under cold running water and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil. Add tomatoes, kale and onion, and toss.
Whisk together juice, salt, pepper and remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and drizzle over salad. Add basil and toss until combined.
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This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media.