After what everyone seemed to call the “longest month ever”, January came and went. But just because we’re past the so-called month of resolutions, doesn’t mean we’re over the healthy eating. Not just yet, friends. If you’re thinking kale has had its moment, you’re right. But also kinda wrong. Because at the end of the day, it’s all things healthy and delicious and we’re here for it. When done right, this cruciferous veggie makes for one heck of a salad. And today we’re sharing where to get the best ones in town.
Next time you find yourself over in Newton, make your way over to COOK for one of the best kale salads you’ll ever have. In fact, we suggest heading to Newton just for a taste of it. It’s a super popular dish, and a hefty portion too. Executive Chef/Owner Chef Paul Turano is dedicated to using only the freshest local ingredients and his efforts shine through with this salad made of kale, Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, and verjus. Head over to this true neighborhood restaurant for what we’d consider a “kale yeah!” experience.
At the previous site of Brighton Station sits a new era of urbanism in the form of a restaurant: Rail Stop. This scratch kitchen pumps out dishes with a mix of modern and classic New England cuisine, and included on their menu is a fantastic kale salad. Rail Stop’s take is a mix of baby kale and Brussels sprouts with parmesan cheese, hazelnuts, and white balsamic vinaigrette. That zip of flavor from the Parmesan really gives this salad the extra oomph. Because really, who doesn’t love cheese on a salad?
MET Back Bay, sitting right on the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth, serves up another terrific kale salad. This modern and elegant restaurant blends new American cooking with contemporary continental cuisine and embraces quintessential New England ingredients. Their “Green Guru” salad is a super healthy mix of kale, romaine, avocado, snap peas, radish, farro, and spicy pepita with a green goddess dressing.
Go for the pizza, but do not — we repeat — do not skip the kale salad. We’ll predict the future and say that once you’ve had it, you’ll go back for it. Area Four’s take is a mix of kale and Brussels sprouts with hazelnut, red onion, pecorino, and lemon vinaigrette. Kale and Brussels together again, we’re sensing a trend here… But alas, if you want a delicious veggie option to ahem, balance out that pizza, this kale salad is a must.
For a kale salad that’s basically a meal in itself, Lincoln’s is your next to try. Their version is a mix of kale, avocado, marinated cherry tomatoes, roasted corn, carrot, red peppers, shaved sharp cheddar with a buttermilk dressing. It’s got a Southwest style flavor with plenty of veggies, making this one another favorite on our list.