My father likes to say that when things are touted as “health” food it’s because “it tastes so bad that people will only eat it if you tell them it’s good for them.” And while I laugh a bit about that – I think that’s pretty fair because in a race between kale and brownies, you bet your butt I’ll be choosing brownies nearly every time. Well, that is until now since I’ve discovered that this bright citrusy kale carrot salad is amazingly easy to prep and eat and it’s all kinds of yummy.
I read a while back that there is a divide amongst the kale aficionados about how kale should be consumed… whether it should be eaten raw or cooked. Personally, I find that raw kale is a a bit difficult on my stomach, so I blanch it quickly here. However, if you feel strongly for raw kale, please feel free to skip the blanching step. I also included a giant pile of ribboned carrots, because my father loves (I mean… LOVES) carrots. And since I had to convince him to partake in a kale salad, when he is a solidly “anti-kale” camper… I knew I had to include carrots. Which brings me to my next little story (before I get into the recipe). I have read and followed David Lebovitz’s namesake blog about food for as long as I can remember… so when it came to thinking about dressing carrots for a salad, I immediately referred myself to his post on how the French enjoy carrot salad and dressed my entire carroty kale salad in a likewise light and fresh way.
So… without any further asides, here is how I prepared my salad.
Bright Orange Kale Carrot Ribbon Salad (Kaprise Kitchen’s take on kale salad, with a little influence from David Lebovitz)
One bunch of dinosaur kale, thoroughly washed
4 large carrots
2 cara cara oranges (or whatever other sweet citrus you can get your hands on)
1/4 cup of roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1/2 of a fuji apple, chopped
salt/pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of good quality olive oil (less if you like)
1 tablespoon of hemp seed
1 tablespoon of chia seed
After thoroughly scrubbing the debris out of your kale, cut it into thin ribbons, discarding the fibrous stalks where they are too tough (My sister loves the crunchiness, so if you do as well, please feel free to keep them!)
In a pot of boiling water, gently toss the kale in and stir until the kale is just cooked. About 20-30 seconds. Immediately drain the kale and let it cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients (Again, if you like raw kale, feel free to skip the first two steps)
Ribbon the carrots – you can use a julienne slicer, box grater, or any method you prefer. I use a vegetable peeler to get thin, long ribbons of carrots – which I prefer to other methods… but again – please choose a method you like most. Set aside the ribbons
Over a large bowl, supreme the cara cara oranges and squeeze the membrane and peel to extract the remaining juice into the large bowl. Set the orange segments aside. Alternatively you can use clementine segments instead of going through the mildly tedious process of segmenting your citrus… and to have enough citrus flavor, squeeze one fruit into the bowl (or a splash of juice will do)
Peel and slice the apple and avocado into chunks/slices, tossing with the orange juices to prevent browning.
Toss the drained kale and ribboned carrots with the orange juice dressed apple and avocado.
Drizzle a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste.
Top your salad with a healthy sprinkle of hemp and chia seed, and of course, my favorite, roasted almonds.
ENJOY! (I’ve nestled a little cheese turnover in the salad here, and I’ll post a recipe on that soon!)
How do YOU eat your vegetables? Do you eat your kale raw or cooked????
I’m sure you guys have gathered that I LOVE steak, avocado, and ginger… so naturally I put them all together in this salad for lunch. With ice cold tea, this was the perfect springy lunch. I splurged and bought an organic, grass fed Australian steak.
8 ounces of good steak
3 slices of ginger
1 bunch of arugula (or other lettuce)
1 bunch of sugar snap peas
Salad dressing of your choice
Sprinkle steak with good salt and grill. I like mine rare, so I grilled accordingly.
Once your steak has been grilled, let it rest
While the steak is resting, brush the avocado and ginger with a little olive oil. Grill for just a few minutes
Arrange the salad in your favorite bowl and sprinkle with your favorite salad dressing.
*The grilled ginger is rather bitter, but tossed with the salad it imparts a light gingery flavor.
After months of putting off using the bike my sister gifted me, I finally got it out and took it for a good, long ride. Turns out, biking is super fun. I did 9 miles in 40 minutes and felt great. My knees definitely appreciated the break.
Anyway, after working out I bought a mini salad spinner and whipped up some salad. I thought I’d share what I made.
Steak Salad with Mint and Shaved Goat Cheese (Kaprise Kitchen original)
3 ounces (or more) of cold steak, thinly sliced
2 cups of arugula
1/2 cup of mint leaves, stems removed
2 small cucumbers, sliced
half a dozen shavings from a block of cheese, I chose Midnight Moon goat cheese
a drizzle of your favorite dressing
Wash and spin your arugula and mint
Arrange the salad greens in a large bowl with the steak and cucumber
Shave the cheese over the top and drizzle your favorite dressing on top.
Easy Peasy and delicious. The mint definitely adds a unique punch and freshens up the salad.
This past weekend, I went to a sushi place with a friend where you fill out one of those little paper sheets… I bubbled the wrong one and I didn’t get to eat what I wanted! Which concerns me because I really wanted a cucumber roll and because I just finished a bubble-in bar exam…
Regardless, I had vegetable rolls on the brain so I whipped these up. I had a stroke of genius when I saw the bright red poaching liquid, and steeped my rice paper in the colored water to get these beautiful hot pink wrapped summer rolls. I experimented by brushing them wrappers with the poaching liquid instead of steeping them. The difference is the intensity of the color of the wrapper. If you prefer the darker wrapper, steep the wrappers.
I imagine that making these in all sorts of different colors for a themed party would be fun, or perhaps if you have children making these brightly colored rolls together might encourage them to consume more vegetables.
Party, children, or not… these are delicious and packed with fresh vegetables to get you ramped up for the spring!
Hot Pink Vegetable Summer Rolls (Kaprise Kitchen)
1 pound of beets
4 kirby cucumbers
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bunch of mint
1/2 pound of mung bean sprouts
rice paper wrappers
Wash, peel, and quarter the beets. In a saucepan, cover the beets with water and boil with a pinch of salt for 30 minutes, or until tender.
While your beets boil, wash all of your vegetables and let them drain on a paper towel covered baking sheet (or clean dish towel, if you are more environmentally friendly than I).
Cut the cucumber and carrots into batonnets
Once the beets have been boiled and cooled a bit, also cut those into batonnets, reserving the boiling liquid.
In a large bowl, pour the warm beet liquid (or simply warm water for non-colored summer rolls). Make sure your water isn’t too hot or the wrappers will get too soft and rip.
Gently dip the wrappers into the water, making sure to coat both sides with the water. The wrapper should absorb some water, but still be firm. The wrapper will continue to absorb water as you work, and soften. Remember, you can always dab a little more water if your wrapper is too sticky or too firm.
Place the wrapper on a cutting board (or smooth surface), add filling, roll… and enjoy!!