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Years ago, my friend Cyndi opened a café in a trendy area of Melrose, here in LA. This is how I first discovered the true delight of kale.
One of the dishes Cyndi served at the restaurant was kale salad. Before I even made an appearance at the new spot, my other friend Jan talked endlessly about it. “You’ve just GOT to try the kale salad!”.
Who raves about kale?
Now, prior to actually trying this salad, I never liked kale. Much like marathons, I love the idea of it, but the actual experience doesn’t live up to my mental expectation (which is why I will NEVER actually run a full 26.2 miles).
But when I tried Cyndi’s Kale salad, I was sold – hook, line, and sinker. Sign me up for the green stuff
The Secret to Making Kale Eatable (for kale haters)
The thing with kale is that it’s tough and kinda chewy and really doesn’t taste very good. However, when finely chopped in a food processor, the texture completely changes. It’s more crunch, less chew and well, it still doesn’t taste very good, but that’s where the dressing comes in.
The key to making this salad a home run is all in the dressing. I like to keep it simple – chopped garlic, olive oil, a good balsamic and some lemon juice. Cyndi uses shaved Parmesan – I use my non-dairy Parmesan, but go with what works best for you. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Here’s the full nanny…. You can prep a bunch or two of dinosaur or curly kale. It’s much heartier than lettuce, so it will keep all week.
Happy nom noms!
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A Kale Salad Recipe (for people who hate kale)
- 1 bunch of kale I like dinosaur kale, but any kind will do
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 green onions
- .25 avocado chopped
- ½ tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese or vegan parmesan
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts
- 1/4 avocado
- With a food processor, finely chop kale and move to a large bowl.
- Add garlic and green onion to food processor, finely chop and add to kale.
- Mix dressing together and add to kale mixture.
- Garnish with avocado and serve.
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, healthy recipes, home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.