06 April 2011


If you follow me on twitter you might have heard me talk about the delicious kale salad from one of my favorite restaurants in Venice, Gjelina. Lilly even mentioned it in her "sweetest day!" One of my friends made it for a little get together a few weeks back and it was so good, she inspired me to try it myself. I have made it practically every day for lunch since...

Kale Salad 
{from Gjelina in Venice, CA}
Serves 2
1 Bunch of Kale, stems and centers discarded, finely sliced
1 Bulb of Fennel, finely sliced
4 Radishes, finely sliced
1 cup Ricotta Salata, finely sliced
5 slices French or Sourdough Baguette {or any crusty bread}, toasted and drizzled with olive oil {you can sub store bought croutons}
Splash of White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Lemon, juiced
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Slice bread, drizzle with olive oil and toast in the oven for 5 minutes, until crispy and golden. In a large bowl, combine finely sliced kale, a drizzle of olive oil, 1/4 of lemon and a pinch of salt. Massage the kale until it starts to soften, about 2 min. Then add the sliced fennel, radish and ricotta salata. Crumble toasted bread over the salad. Toss with the rest of the lemon juice, a splash of white balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

**massaging the kale in the oil makes all the difference


  1. this looks SO tasty!! i need to eat more kale. xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  2. yes that is my fave salad for sure! So glad I can make it at home now. Thanks Jess!

  3. My tongue is hanging out of my mouth! Kale is one of my favorite greens. Can't wait to try this.

  4. this post is making me sooo hungry! Since taking this job I've been on a craft services diet. bad for the waist line!! Greens sound delicious.

  5. Seriously this is one of the best salads I have ever tasted. I am quite literally obsessed. I urge everyone to make this.

    jessie xx

  6. I just had this salad on Friday and here I am googling it. It was delicious!!!
    thanks for posting!

  7. thank you for this post! this is my favorite salad ever and i was so happy to be able to recreate it! just wrote a post about it and linked back to you, hope that is ok! thank you!

  8. *oops! post will go live in a few days! :)

  9. I visited LA last year and loved Gjelina and their kale salad. I tried to get them to give me the recipe that day, no dice. I called every foodie and food editor I knew and still no dice. And I've tried a bunch of other versions since then and none had the punch that the Gjelina one did.

    I cannot wait to try this! Thank you!