Almost six years ago I was introduced to "kale." I was sitting down on break from a dance rehearsal and my friend, Camille took out a container full of greens. They were no ordinary leafy greens, they had ruffled edges and sparked my interest so clearly I had to ask her, "what kind of salad is that?" I tried her delicious kale, cranberry, and pine nut salad and there began my LOVE for kale.
I am a salad fanatic and since I eat them often I like to get creative and throw in an assortment of flavors that blend together nicely. Last night my friend, Tia, invited me over for a homemade Italian dinner and I offered to bring the salad. So naturally I opted for the greens to be kale. Then I went on pinterest (side note: I want to live in pinterest) to get some salad inspiration. I was liking some things here or there but to be honest I created my own little concoction that tasted crisp and flavorful on a chilly winters evening.
Now keep in mind I did the proportions to my own personal liking but feel free to be creative when it comes to yours!
2 cups of Kale
Pomegranate Seeds (put this to your liking)
Grapes cut in half (put this to your liking)
1 Persian Cucumber
1/4 to a 1/2 a cup of Parmesan Cheese
1/2 or whole sliced Avocado
1 handful of Honey Almonds from Trader's Joe's (if you don't have a Trader Joe's near you, Candied Walnuts are a great alternative).
Raspberry Vinaigrette to top it off!
My lovely friend Tia placed this gorgeous plate of ravioli on the table. How could I resist? Ravioli is not the healthiest of dishes but in moderation and on special occasions as we always say on Bennerfit, "Treat Yo Self!"