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Tuscan Kale Salad from True Food Kitchen (and a Restaurant Review)

Tuscan Kale Salad

True Food Kitchen

  • 4-6 cups Italian black kale, loosely packed, sliced leaves, midribs removed (called Lacinato, “dinosaur,” or cavolo nero)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Hot red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano cheese (Rosselino variety if you can find it) or other flavorful grating cheese such as Asiago or Parmesan
  • ½ cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread


Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and a generous pinch (or more to taste) of hot red pepper flakes. Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well. Add 2/3 of the cheese and toss again. Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

True Food Kitchen [1]

Santa Monica Place, 1st floor (not in the 3rd floor food court!)
395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 172
Santa Monica, CA 90401
P: 310.593.8300

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (brunch served until 3 p.m.)
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (brunch served until 3 p.m.)

True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica on Shockinglydelicious [2]

Santa Monica location, on the 1st floor at Santa Monica Place.

Disclosure: My meal was provided by the restaurant at no cost to me. My opinions are entirely my own and I was under no obligation of any kind.