Choose Your Own Adventure Kale Salad
Round up your favorite ingredients and build a delicious kale salad with this recipe framework.
Servings: 3 1-cup servings
3 cups kale
2-3 Tbsp fat – suggestions: avocado, olive oil, vegetable oil,
peanut butter, tahini, sunflower seed butter, and almond butter
2-3 Tbsp acid – suggestions: citrus juice (lemon, lime, etc.),
vinegar (red wine, balsamic, rice, apple cider, etc.)
Salt to taste – miso and soy sauce are also great salt substitutes
Something Sweet: a little bit of honey, agave syrup, orange
juice added to your dressing can help balance flavors.
Spices: chili powder, cumin, ground ginger, black
pepper, red pepper flakes
Fruits & Vegetables (fresh or dried): Mango, apples, pears,
raisins, dried cranberries, coconut, tomatoes, pomegranate
seeds, carrots, jicama, shredded beets, olives
Beans and Seeds: sunflower, pumpkin (pepitas), flax, chia,
Grains: farro, wheat berries, couscous, brown rice, barley
Herbs: cilantro, parsley, basil, chives, dill, fennel, mint, thyme
Cheese: feta, parmesan, goat cheese, or any cheese cubed
Nuts: almonds, crushed peanuts, pine nuts, walnuts,
1. Wash kale, trim dried or tough sections, and cut out
stems. Cut kale into thin ribbons.
2. Mix fat, acid, and salt in a large bowl.
3. Add kale to bowl, toss with dressing, and massage.
Massage the kale by placing the kale-acid-salt mixture
in a Ziploc bag and massaging from the outside. The
more you massage, the more tender it will be. The
dressing should coat the leaves, and the leaves should
slightly wilt and turn a more intense green.
4. When the massaging is done, add the pizzazz! Anything
you would add to a regular salad can be added to a kale
salad. See above for examples of tasty toppings.
Source: City Blossoms