My New Favorite Salad

Sometimes, when you find yourself in San Francisco, you take a cooking class. You saddle up to a countertop with gals who have never cooked, who only cook on weekends, who cook for therapy, who cook for fun. And you all dig your hands into an oversized metal bowl and alas, something is shared.

Our instructor was Annie Lawless of Suja Juice, who was both delightful and passionate with a vast knowledge of combining healthful nutrients into new, exciting ways. Can you call a kale salad exciting? You can. You may. This one is.

The trick is to measure the ingredients and – once combined in the mixing bowl – massage them into the kale with your hands, which sounds odd for those of you who are new to the kale rodeo, but it makes all the difference. Don’t even pick up the mixing spoon. Hands, hands, only hands.

And head’s up: the recipe’s crazy easy to double and perfect for dinner party prep because it will keep for up to an hour in the fridge, which in my home, is just enough time to find Play-Doh in the toilet, take three deep breaths and call Ken for his plumbing services before guests arrive.

We have consumed it three times this week – both solo as a light lunch and as a side dish for a hearty dinner. You will love, truly:

-1 head of lacinato kale
-1 avocado
-1/4 finely chopped red onion
-2 Tbsp dijon mustard
-2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
-1 tsp garlic powder

Three cheers for Annie and her cooking skills (to which I’ll be forever indebted to for teaching me the proper pronunciation of this word!). Happy dinner prep, friends!

p.s. Thanks for the photo, Thayer!

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