Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kale and Avocado Salad

Things always go well for me in my life, and yet I'm curiously caught off-guard when something I've intended to do turns out the way it's supposed to. Which is why even the success of making this simple salad compels uncontrollable, inappropriate laughter. I'm experiencing a lot of emotions right now.

Reminds me of the time my Mom once started laughing hysterically and had to pass the phone to my sister when I'd called her in 2004 from a payphone in Princeton BC after hitchhiking from Calgary enroute to Vancouver to say, "Hi Mom, I'm in Princeton; I spent the night in a trucker's cab." I totally get it now.

Kale and Avocado Salad (Karen Knowler makes this on youtube)

Serves 1

· 4-6 large handfuls of kale sliced very thinly
· 1 avocado
· 3 tbsp. olive oil
· 1 tsp. Himalayan Crystal Salt [I don't have Michelle's fancy pink salt, so I used normal sea salt]
· 2-5 cocktail tomatoes
· 10 sun-dried tomatoes [oops I forgot to get these]
· ½ lemon juice
· Large pinch cayenne pepper OR ½ - 1 jalapeno pepper finely sliced [I chose cayenne]

Her Directions:

1. Chop kale into small pieces (this makes the fibrous cells break down and therefore more palatable, so the smaller you chop the better the taste)
2. Add oil and salt and massage into the kale until kale becomes wilted and soft
3. Add avocado and massage again so each leaf is coated
4. Chop tomatoes into quarters, add to kale
5. Chop sun-dried tomatoes in small pieces and add to kale [...]
6. Squeeze lemon over entire dish [very important]
7. Add pinch of cayenne or your chopped chili and mix up well
8. Serve and enjoy!

I followed the recipe but for the sun-dried tomatoes (which she didn't mention in her video, so I'll say they're optional [edited: okay, yes she does mention them as optional]). A proud moment.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That is too funny!!
I Love You..Mom xoxo