Superfood kale salad with homemade blueberry vinaigrette, goat cheese, and rosemary candied walnuts. The perfect side dish for a summertime BBQ. Just add chicken to make it an entree!
How much kale massaging have you been doing lately? While I admit I don’t aaaaaalways massage my raw kale when tossing it into salads, I tend to enjoy the result more when I do take the time to caress my greens. For those of you who are new to the concept, massaging lemon juice into kale leaves makes for softer, more supple greens for a tenderer, more chewable experience.
Remember this salad? I posted it a few years back (see original post here). It comes straight out of the Salads section of my cookbook, Let Them Eat Kale! I thought I’d re-visit this salad because 1.) It’s one of my all-time favorites, 2.) It’s hot as hades outside and in, and 3.) Just add strawberries and you’ve got yourself a festive side dish for your Independence Day BBQ.
Kale salads. Kill.in.it. I eat A LOT of kale during the summer. Not because I’m trying to impress the beach brodies with my ripped abs and cut biceps (I have neither, not even close), but because consuming anything above room temperature makes me sweat crocodile tears. While I actually do love to sweat in appropriate settings, excreting while eating is not my jam. Just FTR.
But raw kale salad? Crisp, cool, anti-inflammatory, chock full of nutrients salad just makes life more pleasant when the thermometer is in it to win it. Don’t let it win. You beat it…beat it good.
Did you know kale season runs mid-summer through December? It’s a long one. Although the leafy green is avail year-round, we have even more reason to hop to kale salads to beat the summer heat given the superfood will be in its prime.
This is fancy, let’s talk. We start by massaging the kale leaves in order to relieve stress…err..I mean to break down the tough fibers, making the leaves easier to chew. All this requires is some lemon juice and elbow grease. While the kale is marinating in it’s lemony massaged state of relaxation, you toast up some walnuts with fresh (or dried) rosemary and pure maple syrup to give the salad something extra special. Toss in some goat cheese (feta works too), fresh blueberries, and tie it all together with homemade creamy blueberry vinaigrette and you’ve got yourself a pretty savage shake down with the Queen of all greens (kale that is).
Options for Change-ups:
- Need protein to make it an entree? Just add egg (hard boiled, fried, poached, or sunny side up), grilled chicken, or tofu.
- Prefer raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries over blueberries? Do a little 1:1 swaperooski.
- Use pecans, almonds, or cashews in place of walnuts.
Massage thy kale!