My Favorite Kale Salad

I put together this kale salad last week and both my dad and I fell in love with it. It’s a simple recipe that you can whip up in about 5 minutes because of the pre-cut kale and pre-shredded carrots. Just toss all the ingredients into a bowl and enjoy! You can even make this salad ahead of time because the kale retains its crunchy texture overnight.

My Favorite Kale Salad
2 cups pre-shredded kale
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped cucumbers
pinch of black pepper and red pepper flakes
3 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp your favorite dressing (I love Tara Stiles’ Dijon dressing, a light drizzle of ranch, or Italian dressing.)

1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl and enjoy.

What I would add next time:
– boiled egg or chickpeas
– sprinkle of goat cheese, feta, or parmesan
– almonds

Recipe: Spinach Salad with Feta, Slivered Almonds, and Pickled Beets

Hello and happy Friday to all of you! I hope you’ve had a beautiful week. All week, I’ve been eating the same spinach salad for lunch, and let me tell you: it has the near-perfect blend of sweet, sour, and crunch.

Now, I cannot take credit for this recipe. Earlier this week I had lunch with a wonderful lady who made this salad for the two of us, and said the recipe itself came from this small coffee shop in town. So credit where it’s due. 🙂

It’s incredibly easy to make, and you can make it in less than 5 minutes. Now that’s what I call a great lunch!

Here’s the recipe:

Spinach Salad with Feta, Slivered Almonds, and Pickled Beets
A gorgeous summer salad with barely any preparation but major flavor; balancing sweet and sour, with an added crunch from slivered almonds. Recipe adapted from Sweet Corner Cafe.

1 handful fresh baby spinach
sliced pickled beets
crumbled Feta cheese
slivered almonds
2 tbsp or less balsamic viniagrette

Add all ingredients (to taste) into a bowl and pour viniagrette around the edge. Toss to combine. (Though I admit, I haven’t done this yet. I make the salad on a plate.)

Side note: Until Tuesday, I hadn’t ever had a pickled beet! Now I’m completely in love. Dwight Shrute would approve, I’m sure.

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite summer salad?