I am on a salad kick right now! When it is too hot to cook or bake, creative salads can be the main course! I currently eat a salad everyday for lunch and sometimes for dinner too! I get on a certain salad kick and eat the same salad everyday for a week or two, but then I want something different!
Recently I have been on a Kale Salad kick (and a Kale chip kick as well). This is just one version of my favorite kale salads.
SUMMER KALE SALAD
Kale, chopped or torn into bite size pieces, preferably organic
Dried cranberries, handful (or other dried fruit)
Apple, sliced into bite size pieces, preferably organic
Sliced Almonds (or other nut)
Avocado, cut into bite size pieces
Something Crunchy- I have tossed in tortilla chip pieces, homemade croutons, and even broken flax seed crackers, anything to give a little crunch (not a lot, you still want the salad to be healthy).
Dressing: Lemon Olive Oil, Fig Balsamic Vinegar, garlic powder, salt, pepper & Dijon mustard.
The dressing I make to go with this salad includes Bari olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which are infused. I hardly ever measure anything, but I use more vinegar than oil, and small amounts of salt and pepper. I add the Dijon to make it a little more creamy. If you don’t have infused oils and vinegars, use regular ones. Maybe if you have lemon you could add some juice to the dressing.
I find that kale is harder to mix in a salad than lettuce, so I like to mix some dressing with just the kale in the bowl to give a nice coating, then add the rest of the ingredients on top (then add more dressing if desired). I find that there are many adjustments that can be made to this salad. So take what you like and add some of your favorite ingredients!
What ingredients do you add to your Kale Salad?