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Guys, I almost did something dumb. I almost called this salad "The Best Kale Salad."
Despite the fact that it really is quite good, I decided it would be best if I stay away from any “Best of” statement when it comes to kale… because have you heard about the opinions of kale? It's wild man! It is better to play it safe.
After tossing the "Best" attribute out the window, I thought I could name this salad, "The one you just turned 30, so here's your plate of rabbit food salad." Sorry for that."
… Because I turned 30 last week, I'm going to need a lot of kale.
I'm a little concerned about what this 30 thing entails. Not because the number itself sends me to an out-of-the-world tonsil breakdown (when it comes to age, I just don't care), but what the milestone represents. 3-0. Basically? Cellulite + the expectation of adult behavior. Age-appropriate clothing, jargon, luggage, wall art, and food? I just don't know how to behave. Not Compute. Tonsil overload. Turning off … down …
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Just kidding, I'm still here.
Thoughts on eye cream? Warm lemon water in the morning? Words of wisdom to avoid thigh nuggets as much as humanly possible? I am taking all the colors of tips and user manuals here, folks.
To celebrate the great 3-0, the man and I drove to Bend, Oregon, for a great five-day presentation of eating, drinking, and mountain biking. This was the third time I had visited Bend, and each time I went, I was increasingly impressed by his evil. Food and drink can only keep you entertained FOR HOURS, and also the trails are so much fun. Landscape? O'clock. Hiking / biking / trail running? Super dirty.
All of this to say, you may have overstated it on food and alcohol, which is exactly where this beautiful kale salad comes in. Unwrites all errors. Okay, maybe not everybody of bugs, but it's a pretty powerful cleaner.
Kale. Grapes. Dried cranberries. Red onion. Avocado Nuggets. Basil and lemon dressing. You got it done. This is our gateway to an easy summer kale salad. Add, subtract, multiply, divide … you can approach this in a countless way (
Full disclosure: This salad lacks cheese. And potentially a runny egg. I would suggest adding them to both for a more hearty meal.
The dressing is a simple combination of lemon juice, olive oil, and fresh basil. You can use the herbs you have on hand or skip them completely. Also check out my kale salad with pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, cotija cheese, and lemon parsley dressing for more kale inspiration, since that's what this salad is for next.
What else? Want to see a post about things to do and places to eat in Bend? Would it be useful for your next summer trips? Or do you want to take a look at how I spend my free time? Be forewarned, it's messy.
Best Kale Dayum Evah Salad. Keep Calm and Kale Salad On.
Lemon Basil Kale Salad with Avocado
Preparation time: 20 minutes.
Total time: 20 minutes
Basil and lemon dressing:
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon agave nectar or pure maple syrup
2 large fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 large bunch chopped lacinato kale or kale of choice
1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
1 cup grapes halved
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the dressing.
Add the kale to a bowl and drizzle the desired amount of dressing. Mix well to coat and let the kale sit for at least 10 minutes to let the acidity of the lemon soften some of the fibrosity of the kale.
Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl and mix everything. Serve with your favorite main dish or add grilled chicken to make a meal.
Add cheese (such as goat or feta cheese) and liquid egg as needed.
More kale salad recipes:
Crunchy mandarin cabbage salad with lemon poppy seed dressing
Cranberry salad with roasted walnuts and feta cheese
Kale salad with avocado and pickled red onions
Kale Salad with Lemon and Parmesan Fries
Thai chicken chopped kale salad
Kale salad with strawberries, goat cheese and strawberry and mint vinaigrette
Avocado Basil Cabbage With Salad Lemonized