Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kale Salad Love

I haven't done a great deal of recipe posts lately. Maybe because I haven't done a great deal of cooking lately! ;)

I am just not good at cooking when Ryan is gone. It's so easy to just have cheese and crackers for dinner.....instead of a nutritious meal. When a man lives in the house - there are expectations to eat real meals containing grains, meat, & vegetables. So it's kind of exciting and liberating to say, "I'm going to have cereal and nutella for dinner!"

But this is something I'm working on. I took Monday & Tuesday off this week to recover from the marathon. Therefore, spent my Tuesday making quinoa, butternut squash, and chicken breasts to prep my meals for the work week ahead!

But my favorite staple I'm sharing is my favorite Kale Salad ever! My friend Kristin introduced this to me, and it's now my favorite. So fresh and delicious! And insanely easy. It's a great base, too.....

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups organic kale, chopped, ribs removed
  • 3-4 tbsp. EVOO
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • S & P to taste
  • hot red pepper flakes to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese to taste
Instructions:
  • Whisk lemon juice, EVOO, garlic, S & P, and crushed red pepper.
  • Pour over kale, and toss. Let set for about least 5 min prior to serving
The best part of this salad, is you can pre-make it and the kale won't wilt! I like to make a big batch at the beginning of the week. Then as the week goes on, I can bring it for lunch and toss chicken breast or garbanzo beans or whatever suites me! It's so fresh and good! Especially if you're a citrus-junkie like me!

Do you like kale? What's your favorite way to eat it? I love how versatile it is, and hardy it is. It can be tossed in a soup - and hold up resiliency!

2 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have never bought kale, but have eaten it at restaurants. I like it, but the tough texture of it is a little bit of a turn off for me. But I had a wonderful kale salad this summer that was 'macerated' in a lemon juice dressing and it made the greens more tender. So I bet i would like this recipe with the kale soaked in the dressing extra long! :)

My mid-week meals are totally boring, or they are leftovers. So I can totally see why you aren't motivated to cook when you are cooking for one. I usually end up only really cooking on the weekend!

Marlys said...

I have only eaten Kale in dehydrated form, so I truthfully can't say if I like it! I did see it in a Pasta Fagolia soup recipe and I thought that sounded good and it wouldn't wilt like spinach would. And it did have that vibrant green look to it! That is so interesting that it doesn't wilt! I must try it.