Kale is still king — still trendy, still among the healthiest plants on the planet, and its 15 minutes of fame is now stretching on to 4 or 5 years, with no signs of stopping.
Food Bloggers Los Angeles proved the green is also still as delicious as ever, as they threw a shindig called Kale-a-Palooza, a celebration of all things kale-tastic.
This potluck palooza was a doozy, with every manner of dish that highlighted the beauty and nutritional power of kale. Check out what kale-rific recipes these talented food bloggers made, shown below. In addition to the kale kreations mentioned in this story, FBLA members linked up their other amazing kale recipes in the photo collection at the bottom. Pick something to try in your own kitchen!
Appetizers and Drinks
Kim Burnell of Rustic Garden Bistro  brought Hamachi Tartare with Yuzu and Blood Orange on Fried Garden Kale  (aka “How to Use Kale without Making a Salad.”) I called it “I’m eating three of these before you even notice!”
Stephanie Weaver of Recipe Renovator  brought a grilled Vietnamese appetizer called Vegan Bo La Lot  — lacinato kale leaves stuffed with seasoned textured vegetable protein, nicely grilled.
I (Shockingly Delicious ) brought Kale-a-Palooza Salad with Garbanzos, Persimmons, Tuna and Tomatoes . I can attest that teenagers like this, as well, since my daughter and her friend completely scarfed the leftovers when I got home.
Adair Seldon of Lentil Breakdown  brought Apple Raisin Slaw with Beet Greens (She says, “It’s really just my Apple Raisin Slaw  adapted to meet the kale requirements of this particular palooza”).
Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen  brought the inventive California Colcannon — Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage, Kale and Carrots .
Priscilla Willis (our gracious hostess) of She’s Cookin  made the amusing Green Eggs & Ham Pizza.
Susan Holtz of Baking and Cake Art  departed from sweets and brought a Caramelized Onion and Kale Frittata.
Dessert (yes, dessert!)
We were also treated to a demonstration from Chef Garrett Nishimori (he of the Kale Margaritas), who showed us how to massage our kale into submission and make a raw kale salad. His company, Cut `n Clean Greens , grows and packages kale for distribution to the whole country, from their Oxnard-area farmland. Once again, California is feeding the country!