Pomegranate, Kale, and Avocado Salad

DSC_4006 hey, girl, heyyyyy.

(or boy. is there a boy that reads this blog? if so, that might change things. or it might not. probably not. there’s really only one mode when i get to typing here on this typewriter/iMac. the new year has made me nostalgic for the past.)

speaking of the past, do you remember y2k? that was pretty hilarious.  did you know that just 10 years ago, Facebook was brand new. the timeline didn’t start until just a couple of years ago. i was presenting to college kids from my alma mater and they just looked so small and innocence. and then it dawned on me, i didn’t have instagram in college. snapchat didn’t exist. wifi wasn’t everywhere. did you know that the twins from full house are now like 18 years old?! WOAH, buddy.

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how were your holidays? did you have a new years kiss? are you already failing at resolutions? do you want to punch me in the face like i did at 830 yesterday when i couldn’t even get a sip of coffee into my throat before people were all in my face like aunt betsy on thanksgiving asking about my dating life, “how were your holidays? what did you do? where did you go?” JUST STOP. stop talking. right this instant. or i’m going to go jerry springer, that’s a promise.

i dont have nye resolutions. i make resolutions all the time. on my birthday, on a tuesday in september. but i don’t resolve to do or not do something just because it’s a new year. i’ve found that, for me anyway, resolutions work better when they come from a little nugget within. when i get this little voice in my head that says it’s time to change something. and right now, i think i’m doing okay. maybe i’ll resolve to do something new tomorrow. the not knowing is half the fun.

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anywho, welcome to 2016. i feel like i haven’t talked to you in forever. i’ve missed you.

i needed a little detox though, from all of it. i needed to unplug, and not have that weigh on me that i always need to be working on something, i always need to be getting somewhere. i needed quiet, cozy evenings with the warmest blankets, a glass of cab, a real working fireplace crackling, and my family. i needed my momma. i needed to go on a walk with my dad and just be. i needed niece squeezes. and sister laughs. and brother bickering.

i feel full again. i hope that’s how you feel. i think the holidays should leave you feeling exactly like you feel after getting a really big bear hug from someone you haven’t seen in a while. you know that feeling? it’s like your whole heart sighs and your soul relaxes. like they’ve squeezed you and some of the weight you were feeling fell off, or maybe they took it from you, lended you some of their strength.

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so, i’m backkkkk, with a kale salad. i know, ugh. that’s all the recipes there are right now. but i actually like kale and set about making this for lunch and then it looked so pretty i kind of just had to shoot it even though chiberia was outside so the lighting is kind of horrible so i hope you’ll forgive me.

this is a fun one – and one you can make your own. i just love these flavors and colors all together, it’s my favorite kind of art.

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup minced shallot (onion will do too)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ tablespoon apple cider or white wine vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • good old squeeze of lemon
  • 2 cups kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 pomegranate seeded (or just buy the pomegranates already seeded and save yourself the headache)
  • 1/3 avocado, diced (oh just eyeball it, you can do it).
  • 3/4 cups hazelnuts, chopped
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • cheese (optional) – i would do feta or goat
Instructions
  1. combine first seven ingredients in food processor. pulse until combined.
  2. combine remaining ingredients, top with cheese if using. top with dressing.

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