My name is Kelly.
I like to become obsessed with things.
…I , then, like to immerse myself in said things until I do not want said things anymore.
That’s what I’m doing right now with the mixture of cabbage and kale.
If you remember, I had mentioned that a few weeks ago I had tried a new-to-me salad at one of our local restaurants. Instead of having a lettuce base, it was made with a mixture of cabbage and kale. I fell in love. Like, in love. The crunch and tang of the cabbage and the addition of kale had me hooked! I, immediately, stocked up on cabbage and kale and declared it “Cabbage and Kale Month” in our house.
Do not tell my husband. He will move out. Seriously.
Anyway, last week, I threw together a cabbage and kale slaw for our burgers and, last night, I threw together a salad that I have decided that I want to eat every day. The salad I fell in love with had mandarin oranges, peanuts, and fresh cranberries. I didn’t have any of those ingredients decided to switch it up a bit and get creative with my salad toppings.
I fell in love all over again. Really, I think as long as I have a base of cabbage and kale and I top it with anything cold, fruity, juicy, or crunchy, I’ll be in salad heaven.
I would really love to tell you that I also got creative with my salad dressing but then I would be lying to you and I really don’t like to do it. We’re all about telling it how it is around here! So, I’ll be honest and tell you that I used a Tahini Goddess dressing that I have been loving. I have, pretty much, been putting it on everything.
You know…like, on all of my cabbage and kale recipes.
Remember. I tend to become obsessed with things.
Fruit, Nut, and Kale Summer Salad
1 cup raw shredded cabbage
3-4 purple kale leaves, deveined and chopped or sliced into ribbons
1/2 Gala (or any variety) apple, cut into chunks
1/2 cup red grapes, halved
1/8 cup whole raw almonds
1/8 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons of the dressing of your choice
Add cabbage and kale to a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the apple, grapes, almonds, and cranberries to top of greens mixture. Drizzle with dressing and stir until thoroughly coated.
Yield: 1 serving*
*I ate this as a large dinner salad. You could use the same recipe and divide it up into smaller side portions.
**Feel free to add your favorite protein on top like grilled salmon, chicken, or tofu!
Now…what else can I become obsessed with? Hmmm….
Something to share: Do you tend to become obsessed with certain foods and want them all the time? What is your favorite summertime salad?