( also known as black or lacinato kale)
garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely grated pecorino cheese or 1/4 cup
parmesan cheese, more for garnish
extra virgin olive oil, more for garnish
freshly squeezed lemon, juice of
red pepper flakes
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Trim bottom 2 inches off kale stems and discard. Slice kale, including ribs, into 3/4-inch-wide ribbons. You should have 4 to 5 cups. Place kale in a large bowl.
- If using bread, toast it until golden on both sides. Tear it into small pieces and grind in a food processor until mixture forms coarse crumbs.
- Chop or microplane the garlic and transfer to a small bowl. Add 1/4 cup cheese, 3 tablespoons oil, lemon juice & zest, salt, pepper flakes and black pepper, and whisk to combine. Pour dressing over kale and toss very well to thoroughly combine (dressing will be thick and need lots of tossing to coat leaves).
- Let salad sit for 5 minutes, then serve topped with bread crumbs, additional cheese and a drizzle of oil.