there is nothing stale about kale … salads!

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Kale salad: Three ways!

I’m more than likely spilling the beans on my age here, BUT … remember going to steakhouses as a kid? You know, that same sirloin that you smothered in A1 or Heinz 57? Uh huh! Remember that leafy green stuff your steak sat on top of? That’s kale. Crazy delicious and oh so dang good for you! Once revered as nothing more than a garnish, kale is stepping out in high fashion, check out WebMD‘s glowing recommendation:

“One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.”

If that’s not enough reason to give kale a fighting chance on your grocery list … kale lasts for up to 10 days in a refrigerator near you, dressed and readily available for your dining pleasure. No kidding – 10 days! Use in place of the lettuce of your choice (seriously). Spinach – step aside! Here’s 3 of my favorites to get you going!

First a few pointers:

  1. To make massaged kale mixture (the base): Combine 2 pounds well washed, stems removed and finely chopped kale with 3 tbsp. quality olive oil. Massage (literally) the mixture. You’ll know you’re done when the texture changes to slightly silky and the color of the kale deepens.
  2. To make ROCKSTAR quinoa: Ratio of 2:1 (chicken or vegetable stock to dry quinoa) combined with 2 cloves smashed garlic. Bring to rolling boil. Reduce to simmer for 12 minutes. Done!
Kale salad with Avocado & Grapefruit

Kale salad with Avocado & Grapefruit


What you’ll need:

  • Massaged kale mixture (2 handfuls)
  • 1 grapefruit sections and juice reserved
  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • 1/2 cup prepared quinoa
  • salt & pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

  1. Toss kale mixture with juice from 1 grapefruit, salt and pepper.
  2. Add prepared quinoa and avocado
Tuna Salad with Kale

Tuna Salad with Kale

What you’ll need:

  • Massaged kale mixture (2 handfuls)
  • 1 can tuna in oil
  • 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup prepared quinoa
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Top with lemon juice
Kale Salad with Balsamic Drizzle & Pecorino

Kale Salad with Balsamic Drizzle & Pecorino

What you’ll need:

  • Massaged kale mixture (2 handfuls)
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup prepared quinoa
  • Shaved pecorino
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. your favorite balsamic vinaigrette

What you’ll do:

  1. Combine kale mixture with onion
  2. Top with quinoa and shaved pecorino
  3. Add salt & pepper
  4. Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette

ENJOY!

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2 thoughts on “there is nothing stale about kale … salads!

  1. I may just try the quinoa version tonight…the great part is that I have all of the ingredients in my fridge as I type…boom! Rock on chica!

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