It’s no secret that I love Kale Salad. If you’re a DOC client, and I’ve been your doula - especially for Postpartum & Infant Care - then you’ve probably seen me throw down a medium sized mixing bowl of this yummy goodness at lunch. It’s a favorite when I meal prep for clients and at DOC team building meetings.

 Said Mixing Bowl of Salad: Chipotle Vinaigrette, Chili Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Corn + Peppers + Onions, Co-jack cheese, Tortilla Chips

Said Mixing Bowl of Salad: Chipotle Vinaigrette, Chili Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Corn + Peppers + Onions, Co-jack cheese, Tortilla Chips

 

The possibilities for Kale Salad are endless. Start with a vinaigrette base. Add some chopped Kale. Add some more veg, protein of choice, a healthy fat like cheese or avocado, maybe some nuts or seeds and you have a really quick and nutritious meal on your hands. And we all know that those leafy greens are good for you.

I often get asked what kind of vinaigrette I buy.

The answer is: I don’t.

It takes me more time to run to the store and walk the aisles than it does to whip up the dressing in the bowl while I make the salad.

A modestly stocked pantry can yield wonderful results.

I’m an eyeball-it-into-the-bottom-of-the-mixing-bowl type of gal. If you like to follow the rules instead of making them up...then this is for you:

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You can also really take it up a notch. Here are some of my favorite additions:

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Whisk. Whisk. Whisk.

If you want to make a larger batch you can use a blender and refrigerate covered for 2-4 days.

And if you really don't have the time to whip up your own (working mom here, I get it), any basic vinaigrette dressing from the store will do. You'll need about 1-2 tablespoons per person. 

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable. Mature leaves are tougher than baby greens and can be bitter. Follow these simple instructions for a delicate salad:

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At the grocery I look for seasonal vegetables and cheeses that would make a nice addition to proteins and grains that I’m already cooking for the week. If I don't have a particular recipe in mind I just make it up as I go.

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You can easily adapt the salad to be served as a main course, a side, gluten free, vegetarian and and vegan. Speaking of vegan...did you know that Emily was vegan?

Me?...Never in my cards...I love bacon too much.

Here's some of my (and now our clients') favorite Kale Salads, including one that makes a tasty brunch:


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