by Melissa Gordon
Caramel corn. Chocolate mousse. Pecan pie. Those pretzels with caramel and chocolate melted on top and a pecan stuck in the middle.
Candy canes. Peppermint ice cream. Fruitcake. And let’s not forget the endless array of Christmas cookies.
I am here to end the Green Grocer facade once and for all and admit the truth: I have eaten every one of those goodies within the past month. (Heck, I’ve eaten most of them within the past week.) Yes folks, the Green Grocer has been defeated by the holidays.
But I promise to return to my green ways ... starting Friday. And the first thing I am going to eat is a kale salad.
To me, kale is the perfect food. There’s something about eating kale that makes you feel as if every unhealthy bite you’ve ever taken, every lazy Sunday you’ve ever spent entirely in front of the TV, every unkind word you’ve ever spoken is wiped clean. It’s a powerful food.
Now, my husband claims that no one really likes kale. But he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I love kale, particularly when it’s standing proudly and boldly as the main ingredient in a dish, like a kale salad. As luck would have it, my friend Jessica makes the best kale salads in the entire world, and she graciously agreed to share one with all of Winona! (Plus, she did so when I called her late last Sunday night as I was up against my deadline, which means she’s not only a good cook, she’s also a good friend! Thanks, Jessica!)
Jessica’s Absolutely Amazing, Perfect Way to Start Your New Year’s Resolution Kale Salad
• A pinch of salt
• The juice of one lemon
• 1 bunch kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
• Your favorite mix-ins (my favorite: pine nuts and avocado, although pomegranates and walnuts are another tasty combo, as well as thinly sliced radishes with chopped apples and pecans, and, well, you get the idea.)
• A thin drizzle of olive oil (no more than 4-5 Tablespoons)
1. Whisk lemon juice and salt together.
2. Place kale in a bowl, and pour lemon juice/salt mixture over it. Give the kale a few good stirs to coat it. Let it sit in quiet meditation for about 10 minutes.
3. Massage the kale until it becomes bright green in color.
4. Add your favorite vegetables and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.