Happy St. Patty's + Citrus Kale Salad
Top 'o the mornin' to ya. We had a wonderful St Patty's day spending hours and hours outside together - starting with a bit of yardwork (cutting down the Karl Forester grasses for the year so the new growth can start coming up). We had some water table fun, then went for a long walk around the lake near our house, and played at the playground for-ever... for-ev-er... (name that movie, and I'll be super impressed!! Think early 90s). When we got home for lunch I came up with a DELICIOUS kale salad!
Here's the recipe for Citrus Kale Salad:
- about 3 large leaves of kale (no stems)
- 1/2 a lemon (juice only)
- 1/2 an apple, diced - I used HoneyCrisp
- 1/2 an orange bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup pineapple, diced
- 1/4 cup of smashed sea-salt almonds
- dressing: 1/2 Tbsp olive oil + 1 Tbsp orange juice
- cut Kale into small nickel-ish-sized pieces
- squeeze half a lemon over the kale pieces
- toss in diced apples, peppers, and pineapple
- drizzle the oil & orange juice over it
- mix with a fork
- sprinkle almonds on top
This really was sooooo refreshing and tasty! Here's the chopped Kale before anything else was added:
Here's the tossed salad with everything except the sprinkled almonds:
And here's the final product... voila!
You may be asking yourself, what's so special about Kale? It is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, according to WebMD! **UPDATE: Besides the health-appeal of this salad, the other thing that makes it so special is that it keeps super well. It does NOT get wilty like normal lettuce/spinach salad. The kale stays crisp and bouncy. This salad was JUST as good 3 days later as it was on its original debut.
Babycakes enjoyed some "Green" food as well. Here she is eating a "Broccoli/Peas/Pear" pouch from Ella's Kitchen, sporting her green St. Patty's day Hello Kitty shirt. She is just too cute, and look at those eyes!
I also spent some time putting together a pseudo "About" page. Check it out here.
What did you enjoy for St. Patty's Day? Do you have a specific healthy food that you use in lots of different recipes?
Can you name that movie quote?