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I’m not a fan of kale. But when I tried the Tuscan Kale Salad at North Italia, I couldn’t stop eating it. Now I order it every time we go there. And I figured out how to make it at home.
This Tuscan Kale Salad recipe is just like what you’ll find at a North Italia restaurant. The chopped kale is mixed with garlic breadcrumbs, crisp slivered apples, charred grapes, crispy pancetta, pistachios, tiny cubes of pecorino cheese and then tossed in a lemon parmesan vinaigrette. Every bite is the perfect salty sweet combination.
Video: Watch Me Make North Italia Tuscan Kale Salad
What Is North Italia?
North Italia is a contemporary Italian restaurant chain with locations in 14 states (and one of my husband’s favorite places to eat.) They’re known for handmade pizza and pastas. However, one of my favorite things at North Italia is the Tuscan kale salad.
What To Serve With North Italia Tuscan Kale Salad?
This salad with the perfect accompaniment for pasta or any kind of protein. Here are a few recipes that pair well with it:
This Tuscan kale salad recipe is just like what you’ll find at a North Italia restaurant. The chopped kale is mixed with garlic breadcrumbs, crisp slivered apples, charred grapes, crispy pancetta, pistachios, tiny cubes of pecorino cheese and then tossed in a lemon parmesan vinaigrette. You get the perfect mix of salty sweet and savory in every bite.
FOR THE KALE SALAD
1 – 2 bunches curly kale, stems removed and chopped
toasted garlic breadcrumbs
4ounces pancetta or bacon
1 apple, chopped
2cups seedless grapes, sliced in half
1/4cup pecorino cheese, chopped
1/2cup chopped pistachios
2 lemons, juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2cup olive oil
1/4cup grated Parmesan cheese
Chop kale, apples, pecorino cheese and pistachios. Add to bowl.
Slice grapes in half and add to kale mixture.
Cook pancetta over medium high heat until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to transfer it to the salad bowl.
Add toasted breadcrumbs.
FOR THE DRESSING:
Start with the juice of two lemons
Whisk in Dijon mustard, garlic, and olive oil until mixture is creamy.
Add grated Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper.