The other day as I was making a kale salad, my cousin looked at me and said, “Isn’t it funny how now you are eating that, but back then it was a decoration on your steak plate!”
Years ago, the thought of eating kale would have been a laughing matter to me. If kale was in fact that veggie on the plate, I gladly scooted it over and face planted right into some creamy mashed potatoes.
(I think I might still do that?)
Luckily for me, my family have taken that spot and forcefully push their veggies to the side along with an exaggerated, “OMG THAT LOOKS LIKE POOP!” Husband, please don’t say poop at the dinner table…
That’s right, you heard me. My family doesn’t love veggies. I know you probably assumed the first thing my kids ask for in the morning is a carrot, but no my friends. Wrong.
They ask for Lucky Charms…Every day. And every day I say No. Then they cry, tell me I’m a mean mom and how we aren’t best friends. My husband is so dramatic.
ALL before 7 a.m.
So imagine my reaction when I placed this kale salad on their dinner plate the other night and everyone started gobbling it up. Excited? Shocked? Happy?
Is there a feeling that describes Booya? I could picture it so clearly…
Kale salads being requested every night. Kids screaming for veggies and hummus as a snack. Fighting for the last scoop of vegetables at dinner…
None of that happened and they still asked for marshmallows for breakfast this morning…
But they ate a kale salad for dinner last night, so I guess you could call that a win in my eyes.
- 1 head curly kale
- 1 c. strawberries
- 1 c. clementines cut in half
- 2-3 ounces of goat cheese
- 3 TB. slivered almonds
- Zest of 1 large orange (1/4 c.)
- Juice of 1 large orange
- 2 TB. olive oil
- 1 TB. honey
- 1 garlic clove smashed or grated
- 1 TB. greek yogurt
- salt and pepper
- using a cutting board, remove the leaves from the stems of the kale.
- Roll the leaves up and slice them. Place them in a bowl.
- Make the dressing by whisking everything together in a small bowl. Pour it over the kale salad and toss to coat.
- Next add strawberries, oranges, and almonds. Toss to coat.
- Top with Goat cheese.
- Allow to sit for a few minutes for the dressing to marinade.
- Serve and enjoy!
Salad adapted from HERE
I think the reason why this Kale salad was so family friendly were for the following reasons:
I used fruit in the salad, which is one of their favorite foods. The bright strawberries and clementines automatically drew them in.
The salad was frilly like a tutu. This really drew my husband in ;). Before I served it, I told my girls that the salad was frilly like a tutu and it got them excited. I know it sounds crazy, but when you have a 2 and 4 year old daughter, you will understand.
I’m hoping I can pull another fast one on them again for dinner this week, but we shall see. I think my husband is on to something.