Monday, May 6, 2013

Gluten Free Lunch on the Go: Kale Salad

I don’t know about you, but I can find kale at my local grocery store for SUPER CHEAP! It’s local too, and I can get a big ol’ bag of it for less than $2.

Every week I pick up a bag, not always knowing what I’m going to do with it. But I know I can add a little bit to a stir fry, a soup, or a smoothie easily.

Last week I forgot to buy romaine lettuce. Funnily enough, I didn’t realize it until I went to pack my salad for lunch that morning. Kale to the rescue!

kale salad

In a large bowl, I combined small, bite-size pieces of kale with 2-3 tablespoons of that super yummy Cilantro Shallot Vinaigrette that I love. To me, the key to a good kale salad is: THE MASSAGE.

Once I added the vinaigrette to the salad, I used my hands to basically knead the kale with the vinaigrette for about 5 minutes. That cuts the bitterness from kale, and makes it less tough. Massaging the kale also reduces it in size a bit, so I keep massaging until that happens.

Then I added sliced roma tomatoes and big chunks of avocado. Mmmmmm avocado.

Packed it up and enjoyed it for lunch later that day! And you know, the vinaigrette had enough acid in it, that the avocado barely browned!

Next time, I would love to add some shaved purple cabbage and carrots for more crunch. But even a simple kale salad was delicious!

Happy Monday!