Kale and Swiss chard salad

November 14, 2013

It’s funny how Moroccan jews are so strict about the distinction between Shabat or holiday food and everyday food – my mother never eat Shabat food on a yom chol , a weekday – and vice versa. My mother  for example, would only eat this salad on Shabat dinner or Shabat lunch but never on a weekday. In my family I’m consider to be a rule breaker because I make this salad/mezze and other Shabat dishes whenever I feel like or when I have in hand some leafy greens that I don’t know what to do with. 

This salad served over a bowl of quinoa with some avocado on top is the easiest and healthiest lunch. 


What make this salad so delicious and fragrant? Moroccan  Harissa


Keep in mind that the leaves shrink, a lot! To make 1 serving, use at least 5 large leaves of kale, chard or both.


Homemade Harissa

  1. 1 bunch of chard or kale or both (remove the hard spines of the kale)
  2. 1 - 2 tablespoon harissa
  3. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  4. Salt
In case you don’t have any harissa
  1. Combine all the ingredients below in a small bowl or jar
  2. 1 garlic clove, minced
  3. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  5. ½ teaspoon hot paprika or ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  6. ½ teaspoon cumin
  7. Salt
  1. Soak the kale and chard in cold water for a few minutes. Drain and cut into thin strips, about an half inch wide. Put them into a large skillet or wok and add 2-3 tablespoons water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until all the liquids evaporated.
  2. Add the harissa or the dressing to the skillet and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring continuously. The leaves should be coated with harissa or the dressing ingredients. Add lemon juice, remove from heat, and serve.
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  • Reply Sigal Dray November 16, 2013 at 01:56

    נראה מעולה שלי. גם אני ממש בעניין של קייל לאחרונה – היום אנסה להכין את האריסה שלך ואז מחר לצהריים את המנה. הבלוג שלך מהממם אז מטיילת בו קצת עכשיו.. (:

    • Reply Shelly November 21, 2013 at 20:12

      Sigal, I still didn’t put the hebrew stickers on my keyboard, so forgive me that I respond in english. First of all I didn’t know there is kale in Israel, I guess now there is literally everything in our small country. Second, THANK YOU for your support and your firgun (there is no word for that in english – baduk). And thank you for the compliments. I have a feeling I can learn a lot from you xx

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