Are your kids salad-eaters? Or do they turn up their noses at all things leafy and green? This is a question we’ve struggled with for a while because we have one kid in each camp (one greens, one no greens). The fact is, there are so many ways to enjoy leafy greens besides the traditional iceberg-lettuce-on-your-plate salad. Our goal is to find new ways to offer leafy greens that will confuse and pleasantly surprise our salad nay-sayer.
Recently we received a sample of beautiful greens from organicgirl, the greens company that is about to make its debut on Lifetime’s All Mixed Up cooking reality show. These California-grown greens were perfect, ready-to-use, and unbelievably tasty. The baby kale was so tender and lovely that it inspired us to do something a little different – a warm salad – packaged in crispy wonton cups.
Warm Baby Kale-Leek Salad in Crispy Cups
12 wonton wrappers
3 strips bacon
2 T. olive oil
1 small red onion, peeled and diced
1 leek, cleaned and finely chopped
1 T. balsamic vinegar
4 cups baby kale or baby kale mix
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a light coating of cooking oil over 12 muffin tins. Take the wonton wrappers and press them down slightly so that they form a cup shape in the muffin tin. Bake for 15 minutes or until crispy and light golden brown. Remove wonton wrappers from oven and from muffin tin and let them cool.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, fry the three strips of bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and transfer to a paper towel to drain. Drain the fat from the pan (but leave the crispy brown bits). Add the olive oil and saute the onion and leek for 10 minutes or until tender and translucent. Add the balsamic vinegar and stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the greens quickly until the greens are covered with oil and slightly wilted. Scoop the greens, about 1/4 cup at a time, into the wonton cups. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Want to see more varieties of organicgirl greens? Read all about organicgirl products here.
Want to watch your favorite greens on a reality TV cooking show? Check out All Mixed Up here.
Want to see more examples of unusual salads? Check out our Not Your Typical Iceberg Lettuce Salad board on Pinterest.
Blogger disclosure: We did not receive compensation for this post; we were, however, given organicgirl products to sample. All opinions expressed are our own.