I can't believe it. Last night I found myself.....taking a picture of a freakin' salad. I always mocked those whose Facebook feeds were populated with their daily meals. I wondered at the mavens of Pinterest who seemed to have time to document every picturesque arrangement of greens. Who are these people, I asked myself? And do they have lives? And then I did this.
I guess I'm a little ashamed, but you guys, this is a really good salad.
It started when (admittedly, inspired by a recipe on Pinterest), I decided to make an interesting new salad for dinner. The recipe I had pinned involved such apparently-out-of-season items as pears (pears? why are there no pears?), exotic ingredients like pomegranite seeds (hard to find at a regular grocery store, not to mention messy and time-consuming) and something called pepita seeds, which I have never even seen or heard of. No. I was going to have to make up my own fancy salad.
The result is a kale salad with Pink Lady apple pieces, dried cranberries, diced white onion and shelled pistachio nuts, dressed with a homemade balsalmic vinaigrette. All ingredients found at my local H.E.B., thank you very much.
2 approximate fistfulls of shredded kale (remove those horrid stalks)
1 half to 1 whole apple, sliced into bite-sized pieces. I used an organic Pink Lady apple, and those are huge, so I only needed a half.
1 loose handfull of dried cranberries
1 loose handfull of shelled pistachios (found in the bulk section)
1/4 large white onion, finely diced
The dressing recipe I got from my sister, but it didn't taste like hers and I ended up altering it a bit, to make it less oily. I generally find vinaigrettes to be too oily, but if you're not like me, you can leave out the water and lemon juice and double the olive oil - your choice.
1/4 cup of olive oil
4 1/2 tablespoons of balsalmic vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon brown mustard
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Have you ever taken a picture of a salad? Share your thoughts about this salad, or any other photo-worthy salad in the comments!