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Refreshing Kale Salad

Spring has certainly shown itself recently, and I've been able to eat lunch outside for several days in a row with my trusty scarf by my side, of course. A favourite dish that I love to make for warmer weather is an easy kale and mint salad. 

In recent years, I've added in other delicious ingredients that's quite popular at our summer gatherings now. Here's my kale salad with lemon, fresh croutons, and a little refreshing twist. 

There are so many ways to enjoy kale. How do you eat kale?

bunch fresh kale (med./lg.), about 350 g to 400 g (finely chopped) 
120 ml extra virgin olive oil 
1 large pinch garlic powder 
1 tbsp. tahini
1 garlic clove (sliced) 
lemon (freshly squeezed) 
 lemon zest for garnishing 
6-8 fresh mint leaves (finely chopped) 
4 sprigs fresh coriander (finely chopped) 
1 avocado (chopped in cubes) 
3 tbsp. crispy onions  
1 tomato (chopped) 
4 anchovy fillets (ea. sliced in half) 
1 tbsp. Hungarian paprika 
2 tbsp. crushed pecans 
chèvre cheese crumbles (optional) 
 kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

  1. In a large bowl, add kale, olive oil, and lemon juice from fresh lemon.  
  1. Using your hands, massage and coat kale for a few minutes, this will help make the kale softer. (Otherwise, you can braise the kale if you don't like it completely raw). Next, add tahini, and all of your herbs and spices 
  1. Slowly mix in cut anchovies, tomatoes, garlic slices, and pecans with a spoon 
  1. Add lemon zest, and slightly drizzle olive oil on top of salad if needed.  
  1. Lastly, add in the avocado, and top salad with crispy onions, and chèvre (optional). 
  1. Toss slightly before plating, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  
  1. Serve chilled or room temperature. 

*Extras: I made rye croutons from fresh rye bread by toasting two slices in a pan with light olive oil (same pan from cooking the garlic), then cut in squares. Add to salad just before serving.  

Prep:  10 min. or less. Cut and remove stalks from kale. Wash fresh kale thoroughly, then drain off excess water, and pat dry with paper towel. Chop kale in very small pieces before proceeding to step one (I used a mix of Lacinato and Organic curly kale). Next, chop all of your fresh herbs that need to be finely chopped. 
In a pan, slightly toast pecans. Set aside. Then, in a pan with olive oil sauté garlic slices. Set both aside for step 3. 

Time20-25 min. or less. Serves 2-4, depending on serving as a side or main dish.
*Great additions to this dish 
Although this kale salad is good enough to eat as a main dishhave also served this salad as a side with pan fried sprats, grilled prawns, or with olive oil and lemon marinated green peppers and portobello mushrooms (sliced and put on like a kabob). All lightly seasoned with kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and garlic. This makes for a heartier portion. 


Style Files // Living in Colour

I live in colour, vibrant colour! It's no secret, but like my art and culinary interests, my fashion is just as diverse. I wear black, red, orange, teal, and everything in-between. So, when the season of spring and summer comes around, I get excited to see the colour variance in Mother Nature. But, also because I am continuously inspired by bold hues. 

I can be influenced from florals (which, I never tire of), home furnishings, or museum masterpiecesThe list is endless and there's always a reason to be inspired.  

This jacquard-knit cardigan was an immediate win as soon as I saw it. I know for some it's a busy pattern, but it's really like nothing else. It's all about how you wear it--wearing colour, and expressing your unique personal style and interpretation. The spirited pattern was influenced by North African mosaics and tiles. 

In the Gudrun Sjoden spring-summer collection, I have several favourites, which I shall show you very soon. However, two pieces that I adore are these brogues, and this cardigan. I cannot stop staring at the colour of these shoes, and they feel like butter … wait, maybe you didn't catch that. Did I mention how buttery soft they are? Vegetable tanned leathery goodness that's comfortable and in a perfect colour, who knew?  

Updates & Airport Diaries: 
I am writing the rest of this post on my iPad, and as I type this I believe I've spotted another blogger in the midst of my gate change. I received a head nod from said "blogging stranger," who also just asked if he could use the plug next to me. Yes, my predictions are correct, I knew it! It was all about his shoes! And, although not a traditional blogger (his words), he begins to talk about his tech-savvy micro-blogging tales and hasn't the slightest idea that I am writing this ... yet.  

We exchange blogging stories, and share a laugh talking about changes in social media. Then, he gave me a few new apps to check out. So, I do hope to share about those with you in the near future. Life is grand that way, isn't it? You never know who you can inspire or be inspired by. 

have been a occupied with some fun projects, so hold tight, I promise I will make it to your beautiful spaces very soon. In the meantime, do you have any summer holiday plans yet? I am getting ultimately inspired by this location.  

Stay tuned for foodie inspiration coming up nextYou can catch me mostly on Instagram and TwitterBut, for now, I will leave you with these quotes of inspiration as I dash to the next terminal. 

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems."                                                        
                                                                      -Rainer Maria Rilke 
"The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within; strength, courage, dignity." 
                                                                                -Ruby Dee 

The goodsBrogues/Walking Shoe in nappa and colour Dark EmeraldMosaik” cardigan in Eco-cotton in Black-c/o Gudrun Sjoden, Moto pant-Marshalls, Bangles-Nordstrom (similar), Lace tank-Express, Coastal eye frames-shop Elizabeth and James, Necklace-seen here, Watch-Skagen, Handbag-Nine West. 

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