Friday, August 29, 2014

lacinato kale & brown rice salad

lacinato kale & brown rice salad
Okay, did Summer absolutely fly by for everyone else as it did for me? This year has been one of the busiest seasons at work that I can ever remember- full of transition, added responsibilities and lots of weekends worked. I truly feel like summer slipped through my fingers. So, here we are, at the end of the Summer and I feel as if I haven't shared much of my summer goodness with you. I hate to admit, the blog this summer has been terribly neglected. Honestly, the days I had off were simply spent eating tomatoes and fresh basil by the bucket loads, soaking up the sun and reading long novels. I am however, gearing up for an amazing fall season filled with all the delicious food comforts of Fall. 

Along with copious amounts of tomatoes from the garden, I am drowning in bushels of kale. This has been one of my favorite ways to use up the never ending kale harvest- it is the green that keeps on giving Spring, Summer and Fall.

lacinato kale & brown rice salad
Basmati & brown rice are always on hand in our pantry. You can use any rice or grain that you keep on hand, however I love the nuttiness of the brown rice- farro would also be an awesome substitute. If you are one who plans ahead and keeps a batch of cooked rice on hand at all times, this recipe will be a breeze for you. If you don't, the hardest part of this recipe is cooking up a batch of rice.
lacinato kale & brown rice salad
A super quick vinaigrette is mixed up with fresh lemon, spicy brown mustard, garlic and olive oil.
lacinato kale & brown rice salad
You Kale loves getting a massage, don't be shy get into it. 
lacinato kale & brown rice salad
Hemp seeds add awesome texture, I love raw hemp hearts however toasted hemp seeds will work in a pinch.
 No hemp seeds? Sub in your favorite nut or seed.
lacinato kale & brown rice salad
One of the things I love about growing organic are the small imperfections left on the veggies. It is obvious that someone enjoys the Kale in the garden as much as I do. There is nothing more rewarding than the ability to grow your own food from seed to harvest- total control over what and how you grow...well for the most part, I can still not  figure out how to control the weather. 
lacinato kale & brown rice salad
A simple lunch or dinner that only gets better the next day. Serve at room temp or cold - I enjoyed it both ways.

The Harvest from the Garden has been pretty amazing this year- my tomato plants are well over 6' tall, some tipping in well over at 8' , no major loss in crops and my Fall Harvest is going to be epic!

Did you grow a garden big or small this year?
 I'd love to hear what you grew and how your garden did for you!
lacinato kale & brown rice salad
Lacinato Kale & Brown Rice Salad
serves 2 - 4

you will need:
1 cup Brown rice  + 2.5 cups water
Large bunch of Lacinato Kale- leaves removed from the stalks
2 cloves of Garlic - minced
Juice of 1 Lemon  
1/4 cup olive oil 
2 tbsp spicy brown mustard 
1/2 cup raw hemp seeds / hearts
Sea Salt to taste

In a sauce pan, bring water to a boil and cook brown rice according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, remove kale leaves from the stalk/stem and roughly chop. In a large bowl combine garlic through spicy brown mustard and whisk well. Add chopped up kale and massage kale with your hands into the mixture- kale will soften as you massage, about 2-5 minutes should do it.

Add cooked brown rice to the bowl and mix well, add hemp seeds/hearts and mix again. Season with sea salt & serve.


*Salad will keep up to a week in the fridge, can be enjoyed warm, at room temp or cold*



  1. I love this kind of simple meals! I would perhaps add a pinch of (vegetarian) furikake-seasoning. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  2. This sounds amazing! I recently made cavalo nero with rice and it was to die for!

  3. this salad looks FABULOUS! bravo, lady. i'm tempted to drive up to nh just so i can sit down and eat this with you.

  4. Hooray for kale! I love how versatile this salad is -- you could eat it with practically anything and it would be excellent. Yay!

  5. What a delicious salad my friend, I don't think I have seen anything healthier :D

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  6. I adore the simplicity of this salad. I am definitely pinning this for when I need a quick and easy meal :)

  7. yup, bye bye summer! It FLEW! But recipes like this can be enjoyed any time of year (thank goodness!)

  8. Hi Heather!

    I am SO jealous of you tomato bounty! It's funny you say you have boat loads of kale. My grandparents used to grow kale as decorative shrubs all around their house! They never once ate it, though the different varieties are really pretty so I can see why they planted it with no intentions of eating it.

    By the way, this is my first time commenting on your blog but I have been lurking for a long time now :) I just wanted to let you know that a while back, I posted a link to your blog under my "Be Inspired" page. I hope that is okay with you :)

    1. You are so sweet, glad you stopped by to say hi! Just had the chance to explore your blog and instagram- keep up the great work!

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