*Fuel Friday ~ Sweet Kale Salad*



This totally happened!!!

I wasn’t kidding yesterday. See? ; )

Anyway, today I bring you an awesome kale salad recipe that was inspired by a similar salad I’ve had that is usually made with broccoli. I jazzed it up with some chickpeas/garbanzo beans for added protein and if I had carrots on-hand, I would have added a little bit of that too.

Just yesterday I was having a conversation with my teenage daughter about kale. I’m not sure what led to this statement but she informed me that, and I quote: “I think anyone who says they like kale is a part of a cult and forced to pretend that they like it”.

You can’t make this stuff up, people. I promise you that I am not a member of a kale-loving cult. I happen to honestly love kale. So without further adieu, I give you my Sweet Kale Salad.


2-3 large kale leaves, rinsed, chopped into bite-sized pieces, and dried

Juice of 1/4 lemon

1/2 tsp. olive oil

Sea salt

1/2 Tbsp. mayo

1/2 Tsp. vinegar (I used white wine vinegar)

1/4 tsp. sugar

Pepper to taste

1/2 cup chickpeas/garbanzo beans drained and rinsed

2 Tbsp. raisins

2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds


Prepare the kale as directed above and place in a bowl large enough to mix all of the ingredients. Add olive oil, sea salt, and lemon, and then massage with your hand(s) until the kale is coated and begins to break down and soften.

Lemon helps make kale tender.

Lemon helps make kale tender.

Set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the mayo (I use a vegan version), vinegar, sugar, and pepper to taste.

Mix together to dress the salad.

Mix together to dress the salad.

The dressing is just a small amount since the kale has already been coated with olive oil and lemon juice. It adds just the right amount of tangy sweetness to the salad.

To the kale add: chickpeas, raisins, sunflower seeds.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the kale.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the kale.

Finally, add the dressing and toss gently to coat thoroughly. This makes enough for one serving so you can easily double the recipe if you want to share. Shaved carrot would be a great addition but was omitted since I didn’t have any on hand. Enjoy!

Sweet Kale Salad

Sweet Kale Salad


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