I am back from vacation (posts coming SOON), but I am catching up on life. One of my favorite Life, Lifestyle, and Food Bloggers, Bree, from Sugar & Grace has so graciously authored this post for you today. If you like this salad, see all of her fabulous salad recipes here. You can also find her professional work here.
Which has nothing to do with my desire to be healthy.
I eat salad because I LOVE it. Adore. Crave. Never tire of it.
Fortunately, salad=vegetables, so that can equate to healthy eating. Since I save the ranch for my fries and chicken wings and typically use vinegar or citrus based dressings, most of the recipes you will find here for salad are going to be pretty good for you. And delicious of course.
Because that’s the real reason I love my salads so much. The mix of textures, the crunch, the bright flavors….the complex flavors….
Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon and Pecorino (serves 3-4)
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs dijon mustard
1 tsp shallot, finely minced
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
1/8 tsp kosher salt
Pinch black pepper
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
2-3 c thinly sliced kale (approx 1/2 a bunch)
1 lb brussels sprouts, finely shredded using a mandolin or sharp knife
3-4 slices turkey bacon, baked and chopped
1/4 c roasted almonds, chopped*
1/2 c Pecorino cheese, finely grated
Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix. (Alternatively, I sometimes throw everything in a mini food processor and let it do the chopping.) Add in olive oil, whisking (or processing) until combined.
Mix sliced kale and shaved brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Throw in bacon, almonds, and cheese. Pour dressing over the top and toss salad until all ingredients are distributed throughout.
Recipe adapted from, and with thanks to: BonAppetit
Besides really disliking About Me sections, I enjoy a good book, snow days, and bagels in the morning. I am a mom, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, and I relish every role. I’m also a photographer, teacher, foodie, and wanna-be interior designer; I just try really hard to not those roles come before the others.
I love coffee though many would think the way I drink it (decaf) is such. a. waste. I don’t disagree. One of my proudest moments as a mom is when my three-year old asks to watch cooking shows. Yes!
I want that three-year old to experience the same kind of childhood my husband and I both had…one not centered around electronics. I want him to get his hands dirty, and play outside, and make silly little crafts that he can be proud of.
I have a growing interest in sustainability and self-reliance, and a deep dream to live on a ranch, growing and raising our own food. In the meantime, I’ll be here, sharing and learning alongside you.