Four kale dishes to try

Four kale dishes to try

It’s been called a super food, but if you’re still skeptical you will like the leafy green, try one of these four takes on kale.

Green juice: An easy way try kale, plus get a full serving of fruits and vegetables. The green juice is simple but delicious. Organic kale, parsley, apple and lime are tossed into a juicer and poured into a 16 oz cup. No additives, no sugar, only what Mother Nature gave us. While the food rotates weekly, you can find this green goodness anytime. Get it for: $6.25 Find it: New World Cafe, 223 E. Walnut St. Hours: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday.

Raw Wrap: A feel-good wrap made with kale, peppers, nori, tomatoes, green onions, carrots, avocado and sunflower seeds. The kale is cleansed, cut into bite-size pieces, and tossed together with all the other vegetables in tahini-lemon dressing. The mixture is massaged thoroughly. This allows for the kale to be softer and easier to chew. Everything gets wrapped into a raw collard green and cut in half. You also have the choice of ordering this in a whole wheat or gluten-free wrap. The meal comes with a side of your choice. The menu changes monthly, but kale usually stays on the menu one way or another. Get it for: $8 Find it: Fresh Cafe and Market, 721 25th St., Suite 110, West Des Moines Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday Info: 515-440-4700;

Winterset Salad: A fresh and colorful salad with kale galore. The locally produced kale is cleansed, cut and tossed with marcona almonds, freeze-dried pears, butternut squash and dried cranberries. A wild rice pilaf containing onions, celery and carrots is tossed into the mix. The dish is complete with an in-house smoked trout. The salad is served a with a creamy cider vinaigrette, half ciabattini, and adorned with sunflower seeds. The Cafe changes their menu every six weeks, but this popular salad has been on the menu for twelve weeks and counting. Your last day to find it is Feb. 26. Get it for: $10.95 Find it: The Cafe, 2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Sunday; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday Info: 515-292-0100;

Sweet Potato Wrapped Swai with kale side: Inspired by the flavors of southern cuisine. In this dish, the kale is bacon-braised with local pork, and its taste imitates the traditional mustard greens. The kale is paired with swai, a fish similar in texture to catfish, marinated in Creole spice, olive oil, garlic and lemon zest. The fish is wrapped in sweet potato, and pan-fried, making it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It comes with wild rice made with pork, chicken liver, onion, bell peppers, garlic and southern spices. The garnish is a Creole roasted red pepper vinaigrette that goes underneath. The seasons, as well as the quality of the ingredients, cause the menu at Alba to change frequently. Your last chance to get ahold of this dinner is Feb. 13. Get it for: $21 Find it: Alba, 524 E. Sixth St. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 p.m.- close Monday through Saturday Info: 515-244-0261;

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