I feel like kale is one of those veggies that people either get buck for and put in every dish they can or they absolutely cringe and gag at the site of (like I do with lima beans)…. But if you’re one of those kale-haters, I hate to tell you this but it is REALLY good for you. I’m also here to tell you, there’s this revelation called “baby kale” that is so much less bitter, easier to eat and cook with, and I think is just an overall better option than the big kale leaves.
I do realize that I can’t just tell you how much better baby kale tastes and hope that my efforts were enough for you to get up and go get some yourself…. so I decided to make two different salad recipes both using baby kale to give you some ideas of how to use it in its raw state. Usually my attitude toward salads is a lot like the e-card above… But these salads really have some simple ingredients and good dressings making them great sides for your main dishes or main part of your lunch- depending on your preference.
Salad #1: Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon & Pecorino
(Suggested Serving Size- 3-4… but hey, make that portion size bigger if you’d like)
- 3 cups thinly sliced baby kale
- About 16-18 brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
- 4 Slices cooked bacon, chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced roasted almonds
- 1/2 cup Pecorino cheese, finely grated ( this is somewhat expensive, could definitely use a less expensive cheese like parmesan or if asiago depending on brand/form)
Dressing Ingredients: (from original blog- I added a little more of the lemon, mustard, and EVOO to make more dressing)
- 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbs dijon mustard
- 1 tsp shallot, finely minced
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- Salt & pepper
- 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
I mixed all of the dressing ingredients in our Nutribullet, but if you don’t have a blender or something of this sort- mix all of the ingredients but the olive oil together and then whisk in the EVOO.
Once dressing has been made, thinly slice the brussels sprouts and baby kale and mix with the other salad ingredients. Top with dressing before serving.
Adapted from: Sugar & Grace
Salad #2: Kale & Apple Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
Salad Ingredients: (amounts were done to personal preference)
- Baby Kale
- Dried cranberries
- Sliced roasted almonds
- Feta Cheese
- Chopped apple
Dressing Ingredients: (makes enough for about 3 servings)
- 3 medium sized limes, juiced
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tbs honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
Again, I mixed all of the ingredients together in the Nutribullet for the dressing. I added that to my salad ingredients right before serving.
Adapted from: Braised Anatomy
Kale me crazy, but I think these are some pretty easy recipes that are a good way to add some greens into your daily diet.
Have a sweet day!