In Our Kitchen

Lunch Goodness: Our Favourite Kale Salad

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I’ve been going through our blogpost archives and I noticed that it’s been a while since we last shared a recipe post! That’s not really cool because to be honest: we are foodies. Yes, we like to share our creative work, our travels, our adventures. But let’s not forget that what fuels all of that is the good food we eat!

In order to feel whole & full of energy, we make it a point to eat things that are exactly that: wholesome & energising. We especially like to experiment during lunch time because those meals come with a few challenges: while they need to be healthy, they also need to be quick and easy. They need to fuel us, make us feel happy so we can be productive and make some awesome creative stuff in the afternoon. Wherever we are, we just love the time we spend in our kitchen, and we find this little cooking break to be extremely satisfying – it’s also really fun because we sometimes invent the coolest things with our leftovers. Creativity never ends, even in the kitchen!

So today I will be sharing one of our favourite lunchtime meals with you: our kale salad and its yummy toppings.

Kale salad can sound extremely boring to some people, and rightfully so, but this is a dish that we’ve customised and improved over and over again. We love it and we eat a huge bowl of it at least once a week – we’re pretty sure you’ll like it too!

 

 

DELICIOUS KALE SALAD BASE

The main recipe is from Christy Morgan, a vegan chef which we met at a festival in Oakland, CA. She’s the author of the book Blissful Bites and this kale salad recipe was the reason why we fell in love with kale so much. Yes, this vegetable certainly has some sort of health hype to it, but it’s just so damn tasty when prepared well. The secret to make a good kale salad is to season it well and to “massage” it so the leaves are easy to chew and lose their bitterness. Here’s what you’ll need to make the base:

  • A head of curly kale
  • 1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce, to taste
  • 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast (oh yes, we are totally addicted to that)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • A splash of apple cider vinegar
  • A handful of chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut in cubes

Wash & tear the kale into bite sized pieces, throw it into a bowl together with all the ingredients except the avocado. Massage it all really well with your hands for about 5 minutes. If you have time, let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes so the flavours can soak up even more, then top with the avocado.

You can keep it at that and it’s delicious already. But what makes it even more interesting is to add even more cool toppings. Our favourites are breaded chickpea croutons & pickled red onions. We’ll show you how to make those too…

 

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GLUTEN-FREE BREADED CHICKPEAS

  • Small can of chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tablespoons of chickpea flour (or regular flour if you’re not GF)
  • A splash of olive oil
  • Cumin, salt, pepper & herbs to taste

This is David’s invention (so proud of him). All you need to do is pour some oil in a pan and stir fry the chickpeas at medium heat for about 10 minutes. Then, add chickpea flour plus 1/2 cup of water, and stir very well. This will create a sort of coating for the chickpeas and they may start to stick together but just continue stir frying them till they separate and start forming a crispy golden crust. Season to taste while you’re at it, and get that crust to blacken a bit if you feel adventurous. Try not to eat all of them when you’re done, even if it’s quite tempting!

 

 

QUICK PICKLED RED ONIONS

  • A medium red onion
  • A cup of apple cider vinegar
  • A cup of water
  • Pinch of salt

Ha, this is genius. I learned this trick in the superfoods cookbook by Julie Morris. All you do is basically chop a red onion in half, then into thin half-moon slices. Place those slices in a small jar. Top and cover half of it with water, and the rest with apple cider vinegar. It might be more or less than 1 cup each depending on the size of your jar, of course. Add a pinch of salt, close the jar, then shake for 30 seconds. Let it sit at a counter for 15 minutes. Open…boom, you got quick pickled neon pink onions.

 

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Doesn’t this look pretty tasty?

Feel free to get even more creative with toppings. I would totally recommend smoked tofu cubes, or even crumbled corn chips for a crispy bite. Go crazy with ideas, but remember to not pick more than 1-2 toppings as it would potentially overpower the salad itself. Now go and have yourself a kickass lunch!

 

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…and feel free to tell us what you think when you try it out 🙂

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  • This salad sure looks delicious x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

  • This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it(:

  • The salad looks sooo delicious!! Thanks for sharing. We love to have different and healthy lunches here in the house, and thankfully I read this just before lunch, so we could go to the store and buy the ingredients for it. Even though when we made it it didn’t look as nice as the pictures you shared, it still tasted amazing!! 😀 I guess practice makes perfect 😛 I have never really used much sundried tomatoes before, but might need to add that in some of our future salads. We also added a bit of sweetcorn and a dash of honey too, to add that little extra to it. I’m looking forward to more nommy lunch ideas from you guys! 😀

    • Ohhh Clare this is SO awesome. I’m so, so happy that you tried our recipe and that you loved it as well 🙂

      Indeed the sundried tomatoes are such a great thing to have around the house. They’re so chewy and full of flavour. I love to toss them in savoury salads or in mediterranean-style wraps/sandwiches. Soooo good.

      And yes, the honey & sweetcorn are a great addition to the salad as it has quite a powerful flavour with the nutritional yeast in there. I can imagine that they balance that out nicely!

      Thank you so much for your support – I guess we should post more lunch recipes then 🙂 hehe

      x
      Linda

  • The pickled onions sound so easy, and I can see how that can take a salad or sandwich to the next level. Plus the color is amazing!

    • It is!!! If you leave them soaking for a while, they truly become pinker than any other food on the planet, haha! We had served that salad to friends once and they were like “woah WHAT are these pink thingies?” 😛

      And the flavour is great – if you make them, let us know what you think!

      xx
      Linda

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