I am breaking bread with a wonderful lady today — who happens to be my favorite neighbor. For those who don’t know, my house has been for sale. Knowing that I will miss my neighborhood and especially Ms. C, I decided to make this hearty and tasty Kale Pasta Salad — as I way to thank her for always being so kind and helpful.
The first thing was to make a stop at Walmart to buy Barilla® Penne…
… and then preparing all the ingredients to assemble our dish such boiling the pasta, mincing the garlic, slicing the lemon, and chopping both the bacon and kale.
This kale pasta salad is a simple yet versatile dish that can be served either cold or warm, as a side or main pasta dish, all year round. Although kale is a cold crop, it’s available the entire year in the US. Our dish can be easily adapted to fit a vegetarian diet by simply omitting bacon from the recipe… and was inspired in one of my favorite Brazilian leafy dishes, Couve à Mineira.
To bring its flavor, I just had to cook the kale in medium-high heat until slightly wilted — softening its bitterness. I could not be more pleased… the kale pasta salad turned out fantastic combining different textures and also flavors (salty, garlicky, smoky, and mildly bitter).
Because temps are already on the high, I am serving it cold… and yes, I can already foresee Ms. C’s smile when she takes the first bite. I am foreseeing yours too…
For other delicious pasta dishes, check out Barilla® recipes… and enjoy our refreshing kale pasta salad!
P.S.: To find out about the health benefits of kale, click here.