simple kale salad

I have a love/hate relationship with kale salads. Typically when I get them at restaurants (most notably All Hail Kale (with tempeh!) at Veggie Grill) I love them. I could eat them for days. Then when I go home and try to create an equally delicious kale salad at home, it never stacks up.

Yes, I realize my problems could be worse.

But I want to make a healthy kale salad at home. One that is both delicious, satisfying and not boring. And not too much work.

This is it. Thinly sliced kale is massaged with olive oil, raw apple cider vinegar and salt and tossed with shredded cabbage and carrots, toasted sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and feta cheese. It has all of the textures and flavors that make restaurant salads so good and you can easily make it a main meal by adding some chicken, tempeh, diced avocado, etc. Truly a superfood salad!

 

Simple Kale Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: raw salad gluten-free high fiber low-carb kosher nut-free soy-free sugar-free vegetarian kale

 

Ingredients (2 main salads)

  • 8 cups thinly sliced kale (any variety or mix)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

In a large bowl, drizzle olive oil, vinegar and salt over kale.

Lightly massage. Set aside for 20 minutes to a day or two.

Toss with cabbage and carrots.

Top with remaining ingredients and serve.

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Side note: I showed Richie how to “massage kale” last night and he was not impressed. :)

daily eats: 7.8.13

Hi! How was your 4th of July?

We had an amazing, amazing weekend complete with hikes, time at the pool, brunch with a friend from college, an 11th birthday party, a night out with friends, 1800 meals out (seriously) and a day at the beach in Malibu. Sunday was spent catching up on work, laundry and getting ready for the week. It was one of those weekends that just felt perfect. I wasn’t really ready to go back to work, but I’m almost ready to send my fall newsletter to the printer so I’m anxious to complete that project.

workout: 25 minutes physique 57 dvd

coffee: with 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: 2 slices almond paleo bread with a touch of earth balance + egg scramble (1 egg + egg whites + kale + kalamta olives + feta). This was the second paleo bread I’ve tried, and I like the almond so much more than the coconut variety. The bread is made out of almond meal, coconut flour, egg whites (among other things) and each slice has 60 calories, 6 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber and 7 grams protein.

lunch: was via my fit foods. I think I’ve mentioned my fit foods before, but not in much detail. They sell “fresh, healthy meals that are designed to increase energy levels and help you lose weight safe and naturally.” I’m a big fan of almost everything I’ve tried and the convenience factor is amazing. It is a little pricey (lunches run about $9-$11) but they have promotions on a regular basis. I do wish the meals had more vegetables, this one in particular (lean lemon turkey) is especially lacking.

So I rounded it out with some carrots and celery on the side and a small chocolate chip cookie made with zucchini that a co-worker brought in.

workout 2: was supposed to be a run or elliptical at the gym but I didn’t get home until almost 8pm, and the gym was most definitely out of the question. So I did what any normal person would do…

snack: …had a glass of wine, some peanuts and made brownies! ;)

dinner(s): have been really basic lately, tonight’s “freezer” menu was salmon burgers with horseradish aioli + vegetables with a touch of parmesan.

dessert: I had to taste the brownies that I’m taking over to a friend. Obviously.

approximate nutrition stats: 1713 calories, 76 grams fat (42%), 141 grams carbohydrates (34%), 26 grams fiber, 52 grams sugar, 98 grams protein (24%)

P.S. I get eyelash extensions today!!!

 

simple bean salads

I’m really into bean salads right now. Once I realized how truly simple – yet satisfying – they could be…let’s just say I’m sorry it took me so long.

I like to keep it really basic: no fancy home-made dressings, no crazy chopping of vegetables, just beans + herbs + olive oil + spices and maybe some cheese if it works. I love the complex bean salads, with more flavor, lots of tiny vegetables and delicious dressings, but simple bean salads deserve their place in the world too! This salad has been a lunch staple lately and in my effort to keep lunch-cooking/prep to a minimum, it’s been perfect.

Other Simple Bean Salad ideas:

  • garbanzos + parsley + feta
  • black beans + cilantro + queso fresco
  • garbanzos + mint + feta
  • white beans + chopped arugula + parmesan
  • lentils + red pepper + goat cheese
  • garbanzos + sun-dried tomatoes + parmesan
  • black beans + avocado + cilantro (a splash of oj would be great in this one!)

Am I missing any bean salad staples? Share your favorites below!