You guys, I’m in love. the kind of love I thought I’d never find, certainly not in this way. With this … thing.
I’m in love with kale.
There! I said it. I am in love with kale.
It gets a lot of love and an equal amount of hate. Like Brussels sprouts (another love) and beets ( a recent love).
But I love kale unabashedly and you should too. Yes, it is this super trendy food that is everywhere and looks all green and leafy and unpalatable in the store. It’s not though. It’s a good ingredient with a rough exterior.
Kale chips are cool, but really, kale belongs in a salad. It totally takes salads to the next level. Instead of limp, boring greens like iceberg or leaf lettuce, kale stands up to other ingredients and dressing.
That’s the real secret to a great kale salad: lots and lots of dressing.
Oh, and a good massage.
No really, you have to massage your kale.
I know, that sounds weird, but it only takes a few minutes and it’s so worth it.
Wash the kale, drain it, make sure it’s not super sandy, because sometimes it is, and then put it in a bowl with a few tablespoons of vinegar. Then you go to work. Massage that kale. The vinegar might even turn green as the chlorophyll starts to break down. Give it a good rinse, dry it, and make the salad.
Your life will be changed. You will love kale.
Especially when you pair it with all of your favorite guacamole ingredients, including chips, and practically drown it in a citrus and mustard vinaigrette.
This is an awesome dinner to me, but feel free to add some nuts, cheese, dried fruit, chicken, steak, or fish. The possibilities are really endless. Kale for life!Print
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 heaping tablespoon grainy mustard
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cups washed and massaged kale, roughly torn
- 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and diced
- 1 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2 oranges, segmented
- 1 English cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
- Cilantro and parsley leaves
- Corn tortilla chips
- In a large bowl, place the lemon juice, vinegar, pepper, salt, mustard, and garlic. Whisk to combine. While whisking, stream in olive oil.
- Add kale, avocado, onion, tomatoes, oranges, and cucumber. Stir to coat. Top with cilantro and parsley leaves and arrange chips around the outside of the bowl. Best served immediately, but leftovers may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or two.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
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