I made this salad and my kale-hating husband loved it. I made some changes as I didn't have all the ingredients (like mushrooms or bacon). I had a lot of cherry tomatoes from my garden so of course those went in. I added chick peas because I love them and they go well with kale. I sliced green onion and put it in the salad fixings rather than in the oil. And lastly, I par boiled some tiny potatoes just to get them started. As I didn't have, or want, bacon in the salad, I heated some bacon grease that I routinely save from other bacon days. The partially cooked potatoes went into the frying pan with the grease to crisp them up. They then went into the salad. I added the remaining ingredients to the oil in the pan and then to the salad when it was quite hot so as to wilt the kale. Dinner was delicious with this salad and grilled chicken. I will definitely make it again.
Really liked this idea and the final product, but I did make some changes. I used red onion rather than white and sliced shiitake mushrooms, and I wilted my kale just a bit. I did not use bacon to make it vegetarian, and still very flavorful.
Hearty, Indeed I liked the dressing with the mushrooms and bacon in this salad, and would make it again for myself, but my husband wasn't crazy about it. He said that the kale had no taste, which I guess it kind of doesn't raw. But it's frilliness is fun, and with the red-wine-vinegar-based dressing, I thought it was nice. You might have to like kale to like this salad though. Pros: Interesting Cons: You have to like kale