I’ve mentioned before that I don’t share many recipes on the blog. But when I do, it’s because it’s one of our very favorites! One of our goals for 2019 as a family is to save money, and part of that goal includes eating at home more, and eating more healthy, budget friendly meals. This recipe is budget friendly, healthy, and so easy to make.
I will be the first to admit that I have absolutely hated kale for as long as I can remember. I’ve never been able to enjoy it, nor have I ever found a usage for it that appealed to me. There’s just something about the taste of it that’s always turned me off, and I’ve always stuck to my regular greens. (Except for that time Romaine lettuce tried to poison us all! #NeverForget) Anytime I’ve seen someone post about their “kale smoothies” or “kale quinoa organic vegan chia seed green bowl concoction” I’ve always been perplexed by how that could possibly taste good.
Recently though, my MIL opened my eyes, and Adam’s eyes, to the delicious magic that is Kale. We were both skeptical until she convinced us to try this particular salad, and by the end of the meal, we’d both had seconds, even thirds of this salad alone! It’s that good. And it doesn’t have that icky kale taste. And it’s WAY healthy, and WAY delicious. We’ve made it twice now over the past two weeks, so I figured it was worth sharing.
Here are the ingredients:
- Kale (I like to cut off the hard stalk ends, and tear up any big pieces into smaller pieces)
- Pecans, toasted
- Sliced Almonds
- Dried Cranberries
- 1 Green Apple, diced
- Sunflower seeds (Not pictured)
- Poppyseed Dressing (We prefer Brianna’s – but you can also make a DIY version, which is much healthier!)
The biggest trick to this salad is toasting your pecans ahead of time. Simply toss them in a skillet over medium heat until they start to appear toasted, but not burnt. They burn super quick (trust me, I would I know!) so be careful not to overdo it, and to keep the pecans moving constantly in the skillet. The flavor that the toasted pecans brings out is the perfect compliment to the salad.
Toss everything together, and you’re good to go!
Let us know if you try it!
Do you like kale? How do you like to eat Kale? Are you a salad person?