farm board

If you don’t like kale, or are afraid to try it (still), then substitute something else. I start with that so you won’t think “I hate kale; I’m never eating a kale salad” and miss the entire idea here: it’s summer harvest time, so you should enjoy the bounty available at the market. If your idea of a perfect summer salad does not include kale, or blueberries, or any of the other suggestions here, then use something else: basil and peaches, or celery and cherries, or whatever makes you happy.

Blueberry & Kale Salad

Love to Cook: Get your gourmet on with this Massaged Kale Salad with Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette and Rosemary Candied Walnuts.

Weeknight Reality: This Best of Summer Kale Salad from Iowa Girl Eats is easy to prepare, if you’ve not intimidated by making your own salad dressing. The blueberry-balsamic dressing is good on just about any salad, in fact, so make a double batch. And her recommendation to massage the kale with salt only, not oil, works well. A vegan alternative is this version from the Blueberry Council.

Need a Miracle: Bagged kale, blueberries, seasoned nuts and prepared dressing. And cheese, or fish, if you like.

What’s up the rest of the week?

Pan-fried Turkey Cutlets with Spinach & Blue Cheese Salad | Macarons
Flank Steak | Israeli Couscous | Broccoli Rabe


The blossoms are on the trees, which means there will actually be fruit (and spring) soon. Until then, pull out some dried cherries for a taste of what’s to come.


Food Ideas 

  • Love to Cook: Cherry stuffed pork tenderloin 
  • Weeknight Reality: Kale, cherry & walnut salad with pan-fried chicken cutlets 
  • Need a Miracle: Rotisserie chicken, taboulleh salad, dark chocolate cherry bark

Recipe Links


Parting Thought

I want
To do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.

Pablo Neruda, 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair