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Sweet & Spicy Kale Salad
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Hi!! I’ve felt particularly disconnected from everyone this week! I had my phone screen replaced last week before I went up to San Francisco, and something happened during the repair that caused some issues with my motherboard. My phone ended up completely unusable, a pixelated mess. After a weekend without it, I finally got a new one Monday and was back in business!
It was a bit stressful realizing how reliant I was on my phone. I can manage without social media for a few days, but it really showed me how essential these little electronics are to our modern lives. Even if I wanted to tap out of having a cell phone, it’s not like I have a landline or an address book with people’s phone numbers. And I don’t own a map, although with a little studying that could be resolved.
The worst part, though, was realizing how little I could do work-wise without my phone, which has led me to believe it’s time for a work phone. Anyway, that was my saga, one that was quickly resolved and of little lasting impact.
Grant finally came back from his mini tour, and Willow and I were both ecstatic! Our travel plans have finally subsided, so we are going to enjoy an LA summer. I swam in the ocean this weekend, and it was marvelous, so you can definitely catch me in the water for the rest of the summer.
THINGS I’M LOVING!
I love a good basic tee, but I’m also picky about how they look. I first was introduced to this Abercrombie Essential Easy Tee by Sara Tane in her newsletter (quite a while ago), but I just added it to my cart in a recent order. I wish I had ordered it earlier! It’s super comfortable and I love the fit. Everyone needs a nice, white tee in their wardrobe, and this one is one of my faves.
I have been on the HUNT for some classic, wide-leg jeans, but I’ve been struggling to find some that aren’t way too long. Finally, I’ve found the pair! These Wide Leg Jeans are from Gap, and I love that they have a little bit of stretch. Since they’re cropped, they land at the right place on my ankle (I’m 5’6”), and the color is nice as well!
I’ve always loved dates, but I feel like a lot of Medjool dates end up going hard or stale really quickly. I recently started buying Joolie Dates, and I love how moist and sticky they are! I’ve been eating them with a little bit of nut butter on top as a little snack, and they’re perfect for this week’s recipe!
I knew this salad wasn’t going to be the most attractive when I was prepping the ingredients, but justice for ugly salads!
This week was one of those weeks where I felt like I didn’t have any good ideas, so I decided to do what I do best and mess around with the ingredients I already had in the fridge. I had seen Erin Lives Whole post a sweet and spicy salad last week, and I decided to do my own riff on it with a few of the same ingredients including a Calabrian chili dressing and some chopped dates.
The base of this salad is some massaged kale, and then I threw in some black lentils, roasted potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, dates, pickled onions, and feta. The dressing is a simple mix of lemon, olive oil, and Calabrian chili, something I hadn’t had before but greatly enjoyed.
Sweet & Spicy Kale Salad
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 ½ cups diced gold potatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp cumin
4 cups chopped kale
1 ¾ cup cooked black lentils
¾ cup roughly chopped sun-dried tomatoes
½ cup pickled onion (or regular red onion) roughly chopped
4 Medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped
1/4 cup lightly crumbled feta
2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley
2 tsp Calabrian chili peppers
3 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Toss the potatoes in 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. Bake for 25-30 minutes until potatoes are golden and crispy. Set aside to let cool slightly.
2. Prepare the dressing by whisking ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.
3. Add the kale to a large bowl and add a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Massage the kale with your hands to break down the fiber and soften. Add the remaining salad ingredients and toss with the salad dressing. Serve immediately.
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