I love kale. It’s slightly ridiculous how much I love it. I particularly love it with Whole Food’s tahini garlic dressing, but Alex (who I’ve yet to formally introduce here on the blog, but get used to the name) wasn’t a huge fan of how garlicky it was. To be fair, garlic is the second ingredient after water. It’s potent stuff. So maybe he had a point. And maybe it’s good for me to get out of my kale salad addiction.
Just kidding. I’ll never give up kale salad. I’ll just find a new dressing for it.
I liked the lemon flavor of the tahini dressing, and I loved the pine nuts that Ellwood Thompson’s puts on their kale salad. So I knew I wanted to use both of those. I also knew that avocado makes basically anything better, so I tossed in some of that as well. To finish it off, I added in some cheese, because you can’t go wrong with cheese. (Unless you’re a vegan… in that case, just leave it off and add a little salt to balance things out.)
Let’s talk about massaging for a second. I know it’s a little awkward to get so intimate with your kale, but please don’t skip this step. It’s super important because kale is an intense green. It’s tough. And it will be tough unless you really massage it. So get your hands covered in kale and massage the dressing for at least 5 minutes. Even better, let it sit for about an hour before serving. It’ll help the kale wilt a little bit.
Lemon & Pine Nut Kale Salad
- 4 cups raw kale
- 1 avocado
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan romano cheese
Wash and tear your kale into small pieces and let sit. Mash up one avocado and mix with olive oil. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon into the avocado and olive oil paste. Pour the mixture over the kale and massage until the kale starts to wilt slightly. Top with pine nuts and shredded cheese just before serving. It’s best to let it sit for an hour or so, so that the kale continues to soften. Trust me, it’s way easier to eat that way.
This recipe is so easy, and even garlic haters will enjoy this. Just kidding, he doesn’t really hate garlic. I hope.
As if you needed even more of a reason to try kale, let me tell you it’s super good for you. It’s one of the best dark leafy greens for you, and everyone knows that dark leafy greens are where it’s at. Just trust me. But do not skip that massaging step. I’m telling you, it’s crucial.
This salad doesn’t totally fall into the Tone It Up plan, but it’s pretty good, so I’m sure it’ll be making some appearances soon!