Kale is hands down one of the best green foods ever. Lettuce who?
Kale is jam packed with nutrients, and it is extremely delicious. It has a very bold taste, and goes with just about anything. You can fry it with veggies, you can bake it in the oven to make chips out of it, but my personal favourite is to marinate it in a salad.
The beauty of kale over other greens is that it’s porous but it doesn’t wilt. So whatever sauce or oils you put on it, it will soak it up and remain crunchy and delicious. This is great news for us Whole30ers that love our salads. If there’s one thing that sucks, it’s a limp salad. (I can think of other limp things that suck, but I digress.)
I love having a salad jam packed with energy for lunch to get me through the afternoon blues, which for me means prepping it in the morning. So from 6:00 to 12:00, my fresh cut greens are getting lamer and lamer. But not kale.
This is my favourite mix, and is easily customizable to different tastes. Sometimes, to mix the flavours even more, I make it the night before, and then it’s super duper delicious by lunch the next day.
As always, amounts are to taste. You can make a giant one of these, or a personal size. Sometimes I make a giant one and then eat bowls of it throughout the week.
Chop, tear or slice these veggies into a container with a lid:
-Zucchini (sometimes I swap zuccchini and cucumber, but cucumber doesn’t stay crunchy so it depends on my mood)
Add one, two, or all of these ingredients to the mix:
-Bite sized cuts of apple (red delicious keeps the best)
-Homemade bacon bits
-Any kind of leftover cooked meat from the night before
Once all of your desired ingredients are in the container, cover it and give it a shake to uniformly mix them. Now that your salad looks all tossed and beautiful, we need to add the dressing. You can dump all of these ingredients right on top of the salad, no need to premix them.
-Healthy drizzle of olive oil
-Fresh ground pepper
Homemade Mayo or Coconut Milk based:
-A dollop of olive oil mayo and/or a healthy drizzle of coconut milk
-Fresh ground pepper
-Sprinkling of lemon juice
After your dressing ingredients are drizzled and dumped, put the cover back on your container and shake what your momma gave ya! I like to dance around and look like a total idiot while I shake the salad, much to my husband’s amusement.
You can enjoy this salad right away if you want, but it’s much better if it sits in the fridge for a few hours. Try to give it at least four. Then you will have a delightfully crunchy and flavourful treat! Enjoy!