Kale and Swiss chard salad

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. In my family I’m considered to be a rule breaker. I make this salad/mezze and other Shabat dishes whenever I feel like or whenever I have in hand some leafy greens that I don’t know what to do with. 

You can eat this salad over a bowl of quinoa with some avocado or over a slice of a good bread. 



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


Harissa is what makes this salad delicious and fragrant.

  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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