Finding Kale

barleymash Baby Kale & Strawberry Salad (courtesy photo)

October 4th is a day to celebrate kale, the king of super greens. Not only is this member of the vegetable family loaded with vitamins A, C and B6, but it also contains powerful antioxidants and has been proven to help lower cholesterol. And although kale by itself might not be the tastiest veggie, many San Diego restaurants incorporate it into delicious dishes. Here are some spots you can get your healthy fix on National Kale Day!

Kick start your day at La Mesa’s favorite eatery, where locals and visitors can enjoy honest food done right. Farmer’s Table has a variety of breakfast foods including egg dishes, pancakes and waffles, and tasty frittatas. On National Kale Day, opt for the Veggie Omelet with spinach, organic cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, cremini mushrooms, fresh mozzarella and baby kale, topped with a queso fresco. At Farmer’s Table, all omelets are served with your choice of house potatoes or organic black beans, and a side of toast so you’ll feel fully satisfied for the rest of the day.

Miss B’s Coconut Club is a Mission Beach favorite for Caribbean dishes and island-inspired cocktails. Along with jerk chicken wings, ahi poke and rice and bean bowls, Miss B’s also boasts a Kale Salad, with flavors that will whisk you away on a tropical vacay. The combo of roasted chickpeas and applewood smoked bacon atop a bed of baby kale and mixed greens with spicy chimichurri, is a great way to start your meal. Follow with the signature Coconut Club Burger, an angus beef patty with lettuce, tomato, red onion, bread & butter pickles, spiced mustard, roasted garlic and cilantro aioli all on a kolache roll.

Another must-try salad on National Kale Day can be found at Route 29, a farm-to-table concept that reflects the essence of California wine country. Located in the Gaslamp District, Route 29 invites you to savor and celebrate the San Diego lifestyle with artfully prepared food made with sustainable, local and organic ingredients. Their Kale & Raisin salad, which consists of market apples, toasted almonds and raspberry yogurt emulsion is one-of-a-kind, especially when paired with glass of white wine. Try the bright and fruity Hanzell-Sebella, a Napa Valley Chardonnay.

Stop by the Gaslamp District’s fun and high-energy restaurant, barleymash for an appetizing assortment of plates all made with the very freshest ingredients. For a light lunch or dinner, barleymash’s Baby Kale and Strawberry Salad is the perfect option. Consisting of toasted quinoa, fresh strawberries and goat cheese, drizzled with a lemon-herb vinaigrette, grilled chicken, garlic-chili shrimp or king salmon can be included for some protein.

Plan a romantic date night dinner at Osetra Seafood & Steaks, a Gaslamp District elegant dining spot that combines California modern flavors to create scrumptious plates. Start by sharing the Kale Salad with organic greens, citrus slices, beets, fennel, crispy wantons and raspberry vinaigrette, while you browse the menu to select your entrée. Fresh catches like pan-seared Yellowtail, along with prime rib, delicious pasta bowls and a raw bar make it tough to choose. But you can always opt to order a few items and share with your date!