Kale Salad

5 Dec

Kale is one of the healthiest things that you can these days. It almost is trendy with how many recipes I see for kale this and kale that. But, from what I’ve read, it really is good for you. Read this quick list about all the reasons it is good for you — it is rich in iron, vitamin K, A, C, calcium, and the list really does go on. As Thanksgiving has come and gone but the eating season still lingers through the rest of the year, my diet has officially started to include heavier, fattier foods. Due to this, I am trying to incorporate a few healthy things along the way. One of these such things is this kale salad. With the exception of extra red pepper flakes here and there, a cheese switch, and the exclusion of quinoa, the recipe comes from here.

Ingredient List:
For the salad:
– Kale
– Lemon
– 3 chicken tenders, cooked and shredded
– Ground coriander
– 1 can of garbanzo beans
– 1 cucumber, diced
– 1 container of cherry tomatoes, halved
– Gorgonzola cheese
– Croutons

For the dressing:
– 1 container of plain Greek yogurt
– 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
– Olive oil
– Mint
– Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of sugar
– 1 garlic clove

Directions:

1. I have never eaten kale raw before so I was intrigued by this. I have always cooked it and when rinsing it, kale has always seemed tough. From the recipe I mentioned above, I learned that shredding the kale into bite-sized pieces and then squeezing about half a lemon and some salt into it makes kale very palatable. Once you work the kale a little bit and it turns bright green, set aside.

2. For the dressing, combine the yogurt, champagne vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, pinch of sugar, and red pepper flakes in a blender and blend till smooth. Adjust your seasonings as you taste it. I also added the juice of the other half of the lemon since I like the acidic burst and brightness it added.

3. Cook your chicken in a small pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and the ground coriander.

4. Drain your garbanzo beans and season with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and red pepper flakes. Dice the cucumbers and halve the cherry tomatoes. Season both with a little bit of salt.

5. Finally, arrange your salad. Obviously, the kale goes at the bottom of the bowl. Then, top with your garbanzo beans, shredded chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, Gorgonzola cheese, croutons, and the dressing.

Doesn’t just looking at it make you feel healthy? It really is a good-for-you salad with the kale, chicken, garbanzo beans…but it also tasted rather delicious and keeps you full.

The Boyfriend Rates It:5
I loved this salad, and if you follow this blog you know that I’m not a huge fan of them. Apart from the salad being super healthy it also taste amazingly good. The dressing is acid-y and zingy with a touch of heat. There’s a lot going on in the salad, but all the flavors mesh amazingly well together creating a perfect harmony of flavors.

Advertisements

One Response to “Kale Salad”

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Quinoa, Spinach, and Kale Salad – Ultimate Healthy Salad « Mexicanese - January 11, 2013

    […] Rates It:3.5 Again, salad which I’m not too fond of but it is good. Not as good as the kale salad but tasty and […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: