Yes, that’s me. The one who brings kale dip to the party.
Although, I brought summer rolls to the party this past weekend, too. And I would’ve brought dessert if my sister didn’t already claim that category. I’m not sure I could’ve topped a strawberry pie and s’mores.
I love dessert, but I also love kale. In my dream world, it’d show its leaves at every party, alongside the burgers, brownies and brews. A shot of green brightens up every picnic table – especially this time of year, when the leaves are young and tender.
This is the season for garden-harvesting. The season where I begin to sneak out of the city to steal a few days at my parents’ countryside home, and then return with a garden’s worth of groceries. And hopefully a nice tan. And some dirt on my sneakers. And maybe some coconut milk from the kitchen cabinets (sorry mom).
This past weekend, we had a bonfire/food-fest at my parents’ house, where I took advantage of the backyard grocery store to whip up this dip. Inspired by a recipe seen on Whole Foods, it added a light addition to the table in comparison to all the cheeses and hummus, and was deemed a success. This includes a thumbs up even among those friends who could care less about partying with kale.
Serve warm for best results and with a thicker cracker or pita chip.
Adapted from Whole Foods
- 1 bunch green kale, stems and tough ribs stripped out and discarded, choopped
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. salt (start with 1/4, and go from there)
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Fresh ground pepper, to taste
- In a large saucepan, combine kale, onion, garlic and 1/3 cup water.
- Set over medium heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, but kale is still a little chewy, about 6 minutes.
- Transfer vegetables and any liquid in the pan to a food processor and let cool a few minutes. Add ricotta, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt and cayenne. Process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and serve.