Mean Kale Salad

By Philip Riley

“When asked what I was making for the third-floor potluck, I informed Anika that I could make “A mean kale salad.” The name stuck, and this is now part of third floor lore.”



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash and trim the kale to bite- sized pieces.
  3. Lay the almonds on a baking sheet. Bake for 3-4 minutes, tossing intermittently until they are golden brown, then set aside.
  4. Combine the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. Shake well and set aside to allow the flavors to combine, approximately one hour. For more intrigue, sauté the garlic first.
  5. Toss the kale, parmesan, and almonds in a large bowl. Add the dressing as needed.