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.


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