Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summery Kale Salad

Today may be one of the most exciting days of the summer. I am embarking on a month long trip with my family (including three days sans parents). Yes, that time of the year when I get to drop everything and simply relax is here. For the next three weeks, the only thing I am obliged to do is admire Mediterranean scenery while I cruise aboard a three-thousand person ship. Tough life right?

I've decided that on this trip I will indeed relax. I will enjoy every last bit of it. I will use the time off to gain insight on my future--which as of new summer will be that of a real person--, the excursions to expand my cultural knowledge, and the meals to find new culinary inspiration. I will make this trip, a me trip. Sure this sounds selfish--and a little bit like a New Year's resolution--but maybe that is what I need, so why not give it a go?

Anyways, I won't be posting any recipes in the next month, so here is one. I created this recipe myself. I came home one day to find a bunch of kale in my fridge (one I had bought in efforts to start a green smoothie habit) and decided to turn it into a healthy lunch salad. The dressing is delicious and the add-ins are versatile. But I recommend soaking the kale in the dressing for about 20 minutes to ensure full flavor and avoid dry kale. Enjoy!

Beet Feta Kale Salad
Active time: 10 minutes. Total time: 30 minutes
Makes 2 servings

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or Stevia
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch kale, washed and dried
  • 4 small beets, diced
  • 1/4 cup roasted bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 crumbled feta cheese
  1. In a small bowl, combine vinegar and mustard. Add sweetener and stir until dissolved. Season with salt and pepper; add olive oil. Set aside.
  2. Remove ribs from kale and tear leaves into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Place kale in a large bowl; add dressing and toss to coat. Let sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add beets and pepper to kale and toss to combine. Then add feta cheese and toss once or twice.