This is such a great summer harvest recipe, but I’ve gotta tell ya – it does not feel like summer here right now, our weather has plunged into autumn quite suddenly! However, it’s still harvest time for the veggies, and this is one of my favorite recipes for using fresh kale and cherry tomatoes from the garden. I shared our other, Baked Eggs with Kale & Cherry Tomatoes, last fall. Our tomatoes are beautiful this year; we planted a fun variety of red, orange and yellow varieties. Along with the green kale and red onions, it makes for a very pretty salad!
I know kale is one of those vegetables that many people don’t care for, but it is so healthy for you! You just need to find ways to prepare it, and what better way than to add bacon to the mix? Bacon makes everything taste better! To be honest, I had to improvise a bit when putting this recipe into writing. The truth is I have never measured anything out for it! So there’s a lot of leeway in the amounts, and you can adjust pretty much anything in it to suit your taste more. You can even eliminate the onions and share this one with your dog!
At the least, if your assistant chef is close by, like Luke always is, you can share some of that bacon you just cooked with them! My preferred way of cooking bacon now is in the oven, and while you don’t need a full pound for this recipe, I usually cook it all anyway, and then save some for making breakfast sandwiches or sharing with Luke as a snack or added to his food. I am lucky with this recipe that we have our own kale (finally), tomatoes and fresh garlic. It’s also my preference to get bacon from one of our local smokehouses, and one even has a nitrate free variety.
You’ll also notice, I cook half of the onion, and use the other half raw. You can cook it all or put it all in raw, whatever your preference is. I like the flavor of raw, but don’t like to overdo it. We also like to serve this with a nice crusty bread on the side. It makes a complete meal!
Let us know if you try this one and how you like it!
Kale is always a winner around here…I used to make it with mashed potatoes and sausage, replete with oodles of gravy. A hearty one pot meal from my Dutch heritage. Its called Stampot BoerKool ~ aka mashed pot with farmer cabbage(Kale)
Now we don’t eat the potatoes anymore, but we love baby kale, raw in salads.
Oh, does that sound yummy!! I will have to remember to add the baby kale to our salads next year, hopefully our crop does better!
Hmmm, I’m not in the kale camp. But home-grown tomatoes are the best.
They really do make those orange ones from the grocery store look bad. LOL
joann stancer says
That looks and sounds good.
Melissa Clinton says
I’ve only had kale once and was not a fan. Maybe this would change my mind!
It’s worth a try! 🙂
Tails Around the Ranch says
Whoa…that salad looks scrumptious. I think kale must be a bit like tofu-it definitely tastes better with other things around it. Last year’s recipe sounds pretty tasty too!
I think you are right about kale! I haven’t made last year’s recipe yet this year, I need to do that! We sell all of our eggs so fast though, we hardly get any for ourselves. LOL
Ellen Pilch says
We love kale! Thank you for the recipe.
Yay – finally someone who likes it! 🙂
Ducky's Mom says
Oooooooh, that sounds goooood!!! Even though we don’t have homegrown kale or cherry tomatoes, we can get them from our local fresh-food market. I’m going to have to try it (minus the garlic, which gives me an unhappy digestive tract – from the tongue down).
The local fresh-food market is the next best thing! I still have to go to our farmer’s markets to get the few vegetables that I didn’t have luck growing this year (lettuce and peppers mostly).
The Island Cats says
That salad looks yummy! There’s nothing better than making dishes that use the foods that you grow yourself.
I look forward to it all winter and spring, but the season is way too short!
Brian Frum says
That sounds wonderfully good, even with the kale!
You could probably substitute spinach if you liked that better – but I don’t care for spinach myself! 🙂
We like Kale. I would like that dish. Thanks for the recipe.
The best part is I got to see Luke. Always a delight.
Have a fabulous day and weekend. Smooches to Luke. ♥
We always make sure Luke shows up….just for you! 🙂
ooh that sounds tasty,.. the mama is a no-meath-girl, but hey, she has two caninidates who will eat da bacon…
Then everyone is happy!!
It looks soooooooooo yummy! Mom rarely buys bacon but I bet she will buy some now to make this yummy salad! Thank you for the recipe!
We hope she gives it a try and you get some bacon too, Molly! You’re welcome!