Kale Addict

Oh my gosh you guys. I have some exciting news.

And by news I mean recipe. And by exciting I mean easy.

Ok so I’m mostly just proud that I’m eating kale with something other than that tahini dressing. (Yes, I’ve eaten that pretty much every day, for the last month. ) I think I’m actually addicted to kale. It was starting to get awkward. This poor leafy green has so much more potential. I clearly needed to try something new.

Luckily, when I was swinging by my local Trader Joe’s, I came across this new bag in the frozen aisle- actually, by the sample stand. (Don’t worry, if you don’t have a TJ’s you could still make this, it would just be a little more work.)

Pumped Up Kale Salad

  • 2 cups raw kale
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup multigrain blend with veggies* (see note for non-TJ’s substitutions)
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp shredded romano cheese (optional)

I sautéed the kale in the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic until just wilted (don’t cook it too much, you still want it a bit crunchy) and then I put that aside in a large salad bowl. In the same pan, I lightly warmed the multigrain mix. I sprinkled it with a little salt as well, but that’s up to you. Then I just tossed all that on top of the kale. It was delicious just like that, but later on I added a little Romano cheese, and that was also quite delicious. You could eat this hot or cold. I ate part of it right away while it was warm, and then I put it in the fridge and finished it a few hours later cold. Both delicious.

Note: If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near by, don’t fear. You can do this, you’ll just have to make your own mix. It’s really just a blend of rice, barley, corn, peas, etc. You could still use a bag of frozen veggies + rice.

Dinners don’t get much easier than that. Especially since it’s good warm or cold! I made enough to pack up for lunch tomorrow, as well.

As for the half marathon training, I have a 7 mile run on the plan for today! This will officially be the farthest I’ve ever run! Wish me luck 🙂

What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s product? (If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near by, what do you wish you could try?)


  1. I’m a fan of their pizza dough. Because I use it for a million different things. Or just three (pizza, calzones, breakfast pizza), but still…

  2. I go to Trader Joe’s for the produce – most of the organics are cheaper than Kroger’s conventionals. Also, I love the Sweet Potato Chips. I don’t buy it very often because I could eat the whole bag. The only ingredients are sweet potatoes and oil.

  3. Don’t have a TJ, but pretty much everything I see on food blogs make me want to try them! 🙂 Your salad looks great!


  4. This looks so good! And Actually works better for me because I cannot eat raw kale (it inhabits my body from absorbing my meds) but I can of cooked and love that blend. I don’t have a TJ here but a friend sent me a box of goodies from TJ and I ❤ their dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. Addictive!

  5. Alexia @ NamasteYoga says:

    i am abslutely addicted to kale CHIPS! i am actually eating some right now AFTER my big lunch salad.. just cant get enough!

  6. I think I need to try your recipe since every time I’ve made kale I think… what’s the big deal? I don’t get it. Eghh…

  7. mini peanut butter chocolate cups. the end. they are dangerous!!! hahaha

  8. muahahahaha I AM A KALE ADDICT TOO! Loved the title girl 😉 Mmmm you should have saw how BIG my salad was last night. Oh it was all kale and it was amazing

  9. Thanks for the recipe, Liz! This could be my new go-to lunch. I am in dire need of shaking up the routine, AND getting more leafy greens at lunch.

  10. I’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s. We don’t have one here (Whole Foods, but no TJ)… someday I will make it to one! 🙂

  11. Sounds delish! We don’t have TJ’s in the UK but I will definitely try this

  12. That kale salad looks delicious! I’m going to have to look around on your site for the tahini dressing, too!

  13. I never realized how delicious kale was until I started reading healthy living blogs. They made me try it and now I’m OBSESSED with it.

    P.S. That salad looks AWESOME.

  14. All I’ve ever made with kale is chips! I’ll have to start using it more often 🙂 This recipe looks like a worthwhile dinner!

  15. Being addicted to kale is DEFINITELY not a bad thing! I honestly don’t think I could pick 1 favorite product from Trader Joes, it is like picking a favorite child 🙂 Although I do love how cheap their wine and cheese is. GOOD LUCK on your run, 7 miles is huge accomplishment!

  16. we are kale addicts too!

  17. Where has this been all my life?? THank you!!:)

  18. Shocker – I cannot get into eating kale! I tried – I really tried. Bought some a few weeks ago at the market and I ended up chopping it in the food processor and freezing it to save and add to soup. We’ll see…
    TJ’s – I stock up on odd’s and end’s – mostly dried fruit and nuts for adding to home made granola.

  19. I love kale, too! My cousin and I joke about how our bodies crave kale! Love your blog layout, too…it’s so easy and clean!

    My favorite TJ’s product would have been coconut milk (which has been discontinued here in Seattle…not sure why), or the broccoli slaw mix (I love adding it to every type of salad!

    Have a fit & fab weekend <3

  20. This is the definition of a perfect recipe for me, Liz…easy and I’m sure delicious! I do this type of thing all the time. Just throw things together as simply as possible. I’m proud of you!!

  21. That looks like a perfect easy recipe, for lunch or breakfast! I haven’t had kale in my life for too long…
    Hope the run went well 🙂

  22. This looks great Liz! And the meat eater in me is totally seeing some chopped grilled chicken mixed in there as well…YUM! I’ll have to keep an eye out for this mix on my next TJ’s trip!

    Favorite TJ’s item: FIG BUTTER! Omg, like a jar of Fig Newton guts! Lol

  23. I love Kale too Liz! I love all the different ways to prepare it – it’s actually pretty versatile 🙂

    I hope your 7 mile run went well!

  24. Their tempeh is my go-to, easy protein. I’m weird in that I like it ‘raw’ (which is, by the way, a very dirty ODB song), so crumbling it up on a salad or throwing it in my lunchbox is SO easy. However I also have a great KALE recipe that uses it…and it is getting to be that time of year for the Kale, Sweet Potato, Tempeh Stew….with cranberry sauce as the secret ingredient. 🙂

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