It’s claiming a lot, but I think this is the easiest and tastiest kale salad you will ever eat. Hands down. This wins.
I spend a lot of time working out, doing yoga (see instagram @carrot_bowl_bonnie) on top of keeping the house under control and spending time with my family. I need easy. I need fast. This is both…and it’s so good that I don’t want to stop eating it.
In all serious though, I think kale can be intimidating. It IS super popular (don’t not try it because everyone is doing it…give in!). It has large leaves, its veins are intense, and is it really that tender to chew? Yes. And it’s easier than it looks. I made this for Thanksgiving this past year as an experiment and have made it about 4 times since. So good.
Washing: Take your leaves one by one and wash them. I just run them under water and make sure to get any folded leaves unfolded. Wash the front and back.
Deveining: I’m not a huge fan of the really hard veins in my salad. I strip the leaves off the thick parts of the veins. Then I bundle all the leaves together and chop them into small pieces for my salads.
Massaging: I like to massage my leaves in this recipe. Add the olive oil + lemon juice + a little salt and get my hands in it. It softens the leaves and you can sneak a few leaves to taste before the salad comes all together.
SIMPLE KALE SALAD
2 bundles of kale – washed, deveined, and chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Salt and Pepper
6 oz arugula
1 cup cubed cooked sweet potato
4 oz feta cheese
Sliced almonds – I prefer candied sliced almonds from Trader Joe’s
SWEET POTATOES: Peel, dice, and cook your sweet potato. I microwave mine in a covered bowl with a little water for about 8 minutes, stirring half way through for a fast meal. You could roast them in the oven too After cooking set aside to cool for a couple minutes.
KALE: Combine the chopped kale, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt together in a bowl. Using your hands, massage the kale with the ingredients. It helps break down the hardness of the kale and coats all the leaves so deliciously. Add the arugula (I’ve made it with and without this…both are good but there is a softness with this addition) and just do a light tossing with your hands to incorporate them with the kale. Add the sweet potatoes, feta cheese, and sliced almonds and stir to combine. Eat as much as you can and feel super healthy for eating kale. Yay! Seriously. It’s so good.