This may come across as a little awry. A little off. But. Well. It simply must be said.
I think, maybe, I might possibly–who knows?–be in love with kale.
The idea came to me as I sat on my porch, feeling the warmth of summer creep up by the hour. Any last chills from the morning quickly dissipated, as the sun rose higher and higher. Humidity turned into a comfortably dry warmth, and only the lingering shady spots underneath the trees told the tale of a former rain storm.
And there I sat. On the porch, basking in the sun. Alone and completely at home, with a bowl of raw kale salad sitting in my lap.
I used to be of the opinion that kale was best served with something saucy, as to cover any unwelcome bitter flavors. But my tastebuds changed their mind, as they often do, and now I am in love with kale. It was bound to happen, really. You don’t spend that much time with something unless there’s a bright, flavorful future there. Right?
There is no sauce to this recipe. Nor bitter flavors either, for that matter. Only a creamy rubbing of avocado with a spritz of fresh lemon. And some walnuts and tomatoes and sweet vidalia.
If I am not alone—if you too love kale—then you will simply love this recipe. If you’ve never (ever) before tried kale, or if you have tried kale and thought it to be the most boring vegetable in the world, then wait until next week and I’ll share with you your first go-to recipe, so that you can introduce this forgiving green into your life.
I do have to warn you though. Love happens.
Raw Kale Salad
This recipe is raw, vegan and gluten free. It’s also delicious. Feel free to add sauteed tofu, chicken, or your other favorite protein source to make it a more well rounded, satisfying meal. I ate mine on the side of some baked beans. No need for fancy when you’re striving for delicious. 😉
- 1 head of kale, rinsed and patted dry
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2-1 tomato, diced
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1/4 vidalia or other sweet onion, diced
- spritz of lemon (about 1/4 of a fresh)
- 1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, use your hands to smush and smash avocado together with the kale. Add tomato, carrot, onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir well. Toss in walnuts if using.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Refrigerate for 1 or more hours and serve. OR, if you are impatient like me, enjoy immediately.
QUESTION: What is your favorite GREEN vegetable?