Saturday, January 4, 2014

Hail to Kale

No, this is not a New Year's Resolution. I really don't believe in making those commitments. And if you really know me, you know there is no way I am going to make a change in my eating habits. I rarely eat breakfast and I like to have a snack at around 10 pm (usually something sweet followed by something salty - like McConnell's ice cream chased with a handful of chips). Sue me. I love what I love, whether it be a tasty salad or a rib eye steak or roasted chicken or Flaming Hot Cheetos or Tapatia Doritos (my new found friend). Moderation is always the key, not deprivation.

In fact, if I was going to make a NY resolution it would be to:
Drink more bubbly!

Now on with the kale. I have been addicted to kale lately. Salad form has been my way of consumption. I don't like tons of ingredients with the kale either. I think it takes away from it when you start adding tons of other veggies. So I guess that's why the picture below looks pretty blah. But I promise you, it is a very tasty salad! You can really add whatever your heart desires.

This is what I used:
4 cups chopped kale (remove the tough stems)
shredded carrots
1 cup roasted corn
1 small Granny Smith apple, diced

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 large lemon)
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Pecorino cheese, grated (I would say about less than 1/4 cup - sorry I don't measure)
1 clove garlic, mashed and chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

You can make the dressing in a large bowl then add all the salad components on top and then toss. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours so all the flavors will merry. Then enjoy!

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