Today I would like to share with you my newest love-affair... KALE! Kale has so many nutritious benefits, it is super hearty and really delicious. I pack a salad for lunch most days, and previously used regular green leaf lettuce or spinach. I would always find that my lettuce would wilt by the time lunch rolls around, due to the dressing or the toppings. I even tried packing the dressing separate, but to no avail my salad would lack the freshness and crispness I desired.
Then I was introduced to kale, and my lunch-life has changed. You can add dressing to kale in the morning and by the time lunch rolls around, your greens are just as crisp as it was 5 hours ago!
Kale is bitter so I try to always add a bit of sweetness in the form of a dried fruit- I used dates today. I also add beans and nuts for a crunch and protein. Lastly I added tomatoes, red onion and shaved Parmesan cheese.
Easy homemade balsamic vinaigrette!
Pass on the grocery store, preservative-packed salad dressing and create make your own! This simple recipe is super flexible and the basic ingredients are in any household- oil, vinegar, mustard, salt & pepper.
There is this fantastic shop near my house that has specialty oil and vinegar in all sorts of flavors- Old Town Oil, Chicago. I am currently using their 18 year aged balsamic vinegar. But any vinegar you have in the house will work great- Champagne vinegar, apple cider vinegar, ect.
Other simple vinaigrette recipes will call for 2x the amount of oil to vinegar, however I love the taste of vinegar and therefore use the same ratio of oil to vinegar, plus it keeps the dressing healthier by adding less oil.
2 tbs vinegar
2 tbs oil
1 tsp mustard- I use dijon
Garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste
Combine mustard, vinegar and spices in a small bowl. Then slowly drizzle oil into mixture and wisk until the oil is completely combined into the vinegar.
|When preparing kale, be sure to cut out the tough ribs|
Hope you enjoy this brown-bag special! Let me know how you like it!