Kale used to scare me. A lot. I welcomed it into my life via a soup a few months ago, but ever since then, I’ve slowly been adding it to salads and getting used to eating it more often.
My cousin brought a version of this salad to family brunch, and I’ve been eating it ever since. I think I’m in love. I think you could fall in love with it, too.
Pretty simple: pre-packaged kale salad (with carrot shreds—that part is important!) OR, if you’re more ambitious than I am, kale and some carrots you’ve chopped and shredded on your own. I am lazy. A mandarin. Some strawberries. And the secret weapon: ginger. Not pictured, but needed, is a dressing of your choice. I recommend a balsamic of some sort.
Kale goes into the bowl first.
Next, I add some dressing early. I like to kind of press it into the kale. Some people “massage” their kale to soften it up. I mix it firmly and between some pressing and the dressing (I’m good at rhymes) it gets softer and kind of mellows. Maybe unnecessary, but whatever, it works for me.
Next, I add some ginger. I tried to show the size piece I use. For me, ginger is the food equivalent of that friend you like but can only handle for an hour at a time. I use it sparingly, in a small dose. I peel it with a knife and mince it up really well. I throw it in with the dressing and kale and mix again so it can start working it’s gingery magic on the leaves.
I section up my mandarin and add it in.
Chop up the strawberries! Man, I love summer fruit.
I add a little more dressing, and voila! I sometimes put it on a plate, but usually, I just eat it directly out of the bowl. It’s so delicious, I don’t want to wait.
If you want this to be an actual meal, I’ve added both a hardboiled egg and chicken (NOT AT THE SAME TIME, because then you’d be eating a mother and a child and it just seems so wrong). I also think some sunflower seeds and/or nuts would be amazing on this. It’s delicious, I promise.
Have you joined the Kale Revolution yet? What do you like to eat with it?