Kale salad. When we talk about kale people are usually a lover…..or a hater. “that’s my favorite salad” —- “I’ll never eat a kale salad”—– “I only eat kale when it is cooked to death and you add bacon fat!”—– “I don’t even know what kale tastes like, and I don’t plan to find out.” We have heard it all. Personally, I didn’t even know what kale was until 10 years ago when I went to nutrition school so obviously I had never tasted it. Fast forward 8 years and I was hanging out with Mary and she introduced me. To my addiction. And it is a true addiction. I actually crave it. I know you may think I’m insane right now (which of course is true…..) but I promise this very well can and probably will happen to you. Why? The energy, the TASTE, the simplicity. Get ready——–to fall in love.
People…..if you don’t chop your Kale really fine it will be bitter, really hard to chew, and you won’t like it. Many restaurants serve it without chopping it super fine and that is one reason Kale salad gets a bad rap. Our favorite type of Kale is dinosaur kale, AKA Lacinato Kale. HUGE TIP: To soften your kale so it is tender, dress your greens (only the greens) about 1 hour prior to eating. You gotta go for it. Honestly, your kale loves a good massage. Add your toppings immediately before eating.
You need to keep the dressing simple. Make a big jar of this and use it on all your salads. I must warn you….this salad dressing doesn’t taste amazing alone—BUT–it is just the perfect combination to enhance your beloved Kale salad….Among many others.
What girl doesn’t want the perfect accessory? Well just like you pick out your favorite pair of shoes, earrings, and handbag….our salad is the same. We MUST accessorize it. We crush these beauties and sprinkle on top. We don’t stop there.
Yup. The sweet and salty combo is a must. If you are not a raisin lover then add some cranberries or dried blueberries.
Now it’s getting pretty darn yummy. This local feta will add the perfect kick. We love feta because it has a big bang of flavor. If you can find a local farmer you will be in heaven. You’re next best bet is buying it in the brine (the liquid) so it will be moister.
Lastly(almost)….grab some hemp hearts and sprinkle all over the top. These lil guys add some good protein and the perfect nutty flavor to your Kale Salad. Sometimes I feel the love of a squeezed orange wedge or two on the top. If you are still intimidated watch this viddie and see how easy it is to make this.