The Best Kale Citrus Salad

I have always enjoyed unique salad options, the plain old iceberg and ranch just isn’t my thing, but dressing a salad with fun toppings and giving seasonal flare with different fruit and nut options make them so enjoyable. 

This salad can easily be added to, wether you enjoy grilled chicken, a piece of salmon, or even avocado to round it out as a meal!

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Olive Oil
  • Chopped Nuts ( we love pecans or slivered almonds but walnuts or anything else you prefer are good to) 
  • Handful of Dried Cranberries ( or you can use golden raisins, dried sweet cherries, or cut up dried apricot)
  • shaved or grated Parmesan
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper to taste

I started ripping my kale super small and being extra particular about ripping out the stems this makes it so much more enjoyable and trust me even non Kale fans have told me they love this! 

I then lay on a paper towel to pat dry and store in a zip lock with a paper towel for easy access to make daily for lunch or a quick dinner option.

The Dressing: 

I LOVE the citrus kick that comes from the lemon, Aaron would say go light haha so this may take some testing for personal preference. I do 2 parts oil to 1 part lemon juice and a dash of salt  if its for the both of us. you will then toss the amount of kale you are going to eat to coat it. I have added a splash of grapefruit to this and LOVED it as well so play with it to get a good combo that you love.
You will then want to  in your other toppings and give it a good shake or stir to combine it all. I go heavy on the parmesan we love the shaved for bigger chunks.We’ve also done goat cheese and tossed in some chopped up roasted beets.

A tip for easy food prep is to do a whole bunch or 2 of kale for your entire week so the process is super quick. I take my kale rip off the stems and veins and then the trick is to wash in a metal colander as you massage. I kind of knead it with my hands and almost scrub it in the colander as I rip it small pieces this tenderizes the kale, gets it super clean, and helps make it a more enjoyable texture to eat.

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