What says summer dining more than a fresh salad? It’s light, healthy, and filling. We just happen to love kale, which is considered one of the healthiest vegetables around. It works really well for the vegetarians/vegans in the family, as it’s high in protein and vitamins A & C. You can buy kale these days in ready prepared bags, but we still prefer fresh and organic, if you have the time to prepare. So, we hope you enjoy this simple summer kale salad, both for its health benefits and its taste.
HOW TO SELECT AND STORE KALE
When buying kale, look for firm, deeply colored leaves with moist, hardy stems. The leaves should be fresh-looking and free of browning or yellowing. Smaller-sized leaves tend to be more tender and have a more mild flavor. To store, place kale in a plastic storage bag and keep in frig. It should last up to 5 days. Don’t wash before storing to keep moisture to a minimum.
This recipe makes 6 main dish servings.
- 2 kale heads washed, devined, and torn into pieces
- 3 avocados
- 1/2 bunch of chopped parsley
- 3 shredded carrots
- 29 oz can of rinsed and drained Cannellini Beans
- Juice from 2-3 lemons
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Put the kale into a very large salad bowl and using your hands, massage the kale for a few minutes.
- Cut each avocado in half, dice, and spoon into the kale
- Add shredded carrots, parsley, and lemon juice and toss all together
- Pour in rinsed and drained beans, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste
As a variation:
- Dressing – 1/3 cup olive oil, 3 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp white vinegar, and 1 tbsp honey (optional)
- Place dressing in bottom of salad bowl and whisk; add kale, coat, and let sit for at least 1 hour – we like to either massage or let the salad sit for a bit to soften up the leaves. Then add:
- 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup rice of your choice such as red rice, farro, or wheat berries
A good accompaniment to a simple summer kale salad is cornbread. The sweetness of the cornbread seems to be a good contrast to the taste of the kale. But, this is certainly a personal choice. Enjoy!
– THE TRIWIVESCLUB
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Sherry is one of the TriWivesClub’s founders. She is also a contributor at TravelingMom & Challenge Family. She has been her triathlete husband’s biggest supporter and co-traveler for over 15 years. She is a former co-owner of the California Apparel News and had a career in the healthcare industry. Her passions include running, traveling, real food, and animal rescue/welfare. She lives a healthy lifestyle and has been a vegetarian since 1987. She and her husband are parents to two rescue pups and reside in Connecticut.