I love lotsa leafy greens, but they definitely have to be prepared right to be delicious!
There are many varieties of kale, and most, IMO, are bitter and not-so-nice to eat raw. Fortunately, there is one yummy variety -- lacinato (also called dinosaur) kale. It is really delish! We juice it every morning with some carrots. Here's what else we do:
-I chop it into very small pieces and quickly saute it with garlic, sundried tomatoes from a jar (along the with olive oil used to preserve the tomatoes). I mix that with some cooked orzo pasta -- as much as you like. We use about 1.5 cups (pre-cooking volume). So, so, so good!
Beans and Greens Soup
-Again, I chop it into small pieces and saute with onion and sometimes vegetarian sausage crumbles. I add two cans of cannelini beans, and about 6-8 cups of vegetable broth. PLUS, fresh nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Delicious soup!
I also love spinach, dinosaur kale, green or red chard (spinach relative) prepared thusly:
chopped into bite-size pieces, sauteed in LOTS of carmelized garlic (cook the garlic in olive oil until it is brown and sweet). Then, add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Yum! Yum!
Give the chards and dinosaur kale a whirl. You will love it! Note: mustard greens, which are also quite healthy are *very* bitter. I almost never eat them, as a result. You *can* cook them in soups, and if you cook them all day, the bitterness will go away.
I think that you loved the pungency of the bacon in the salad you had. I love the taste of bacon, too. Try substituting sundried tomatoes hydrated in olive oil or water chopped up in your greens instead. They also have a strong flavor like bacon.