Kale Salad

Kale Salad
1 bunch kale
curly kale depicted, but dinosaur or red kale is good too
1/4 tsp salt
a few grinds
1 tbsp olive oil
walnut or avocado oil would work as well
1/3 cup almonds
or nuts of choice
1 whole avocado
large, diced
1/4 whole red onion
small to medium sized, thinly sliced or diced
1/3 cup raisins
currants or dried fruit of choice, could also use apples
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • small sauce pan
  • large bowl
My favorite salad recipe is this kale salad - kale, onion, almonds, raisins and avocado. So easy. How could you go wrong with those ingredients! What's great about this is you could make a whole recipe just for you and eat it for days. It's incredibly healthy and it lasts forever. Plus, it's one of those recipes that is better the next day. Courtesy of Debbie Zambetti. Recipe tested and modified by Wendy Goodman.
Soak kale in water to loosen any dirt. Wash individual leaves as you de-stem them (pull leaf away from thickest parts of stem). Shake kale dry, chiffonade (stack, roll and slice into thin ribbons) and put in a large bowl.
Sprinkle salt, pepper, and olive oil over kale and, using your hands, massage the kale for 2-3 minutes. After about a minute you’ll notice a big difference in the leaves – they’ll start to soften and turn a dark green almost as though you were steaming them. When done, drain off any liquid that collects on bottom of bowl (may or may not happen) and set kale aside.
Optional: Heat a small sauce pan, toss in the nuts, toasting until nuts start to brown slightly. Shake pan on occasion to ensure even browning and to avoid burning – which is SO easy to do. (I normally just put the almonds in without cooking them.) I use almonds because that’s what I usually have on hand. However, walnuts, pecans or even sunflower seeds would be great in this salad too.
Remove nuts from pan and give them a rough chop on your cutting board. Then add nuts to bowl of kale.
Add diced avocado, onions and raisins (currants or your fave dried fruit cut into raisin-sized pieces - just use whatever you have on hand) to bowl.
Sprinkle apple cider vinegar evenly over bowl of goodies, then toss the whole thing with tongs until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.