Sweet and Spicy Kale Salad

you know that vacation glow you bask in when you return from a really relaxing getaway?

you’re sunkissed and bronzed. you swear you can still feel the buzzing effects of those mojitos and sunsets on the beach.


so when i arrived home from a mini girls trip to florida, i was all zen and namaste about life. (and yes, i’ll be telling you all about this girl’s trip. so many stories. grandma was involved. so obviously.)

i had been up since 3:30 that morning and i was going to do what i never do. crawl into bed for one beautiful hour and pretend like reality was this distant neverneverland.

and then i walked into my apartment.

and there was a hole in my ceiling.

a hole. in the ceiling. of my bathroom.


and that’s when this week started kicking my ass. actually it started when i first felt like i was going to die from some incurable disease in the airport that morning and i was almost in tears. then it continued when there was a freaking hole in my ceiling. all for a rustic shabby chic look, but the rust colored water dripping from the ceiling is a little too far.

so this is all a long winded way of saying, i’ve been away. but i missed you. even when i was on the beach with a handsome man serving me drinks. that may have been a lie. he was pretty cute. but i’m pretty sure i did. and being in the kitchen. which has a fully in tact ceiling.

so while my maintenance man, jose, bless his heart, was working away on the old skylight i got to cookin.


and i made you kale.

i know. is this kind of how you’d feel if your boyfriend cheated on you and brought you home a blender as an apology present?

it shouldn’t be. i mean it’s not tiffanys, but it’s not like i just made you toast. now that would be a slap in the face and youfor sure shouldn’t forgive me. that would be like said cheating boyfriend buying you socks. at least you can make pina coladas with a blender.

do you like how you’re in an involuntary relationship with me?


and since then, i’ve been courting kale. (enough of the dating jokes, i knowww already).

but i went over to my friend cory’s and she made a kale salad. and i for sure didn’t tell her about this because i strive to be anything but a picky eater, but i was a little weary. just a little. and it was actually good!

unlike the time when i made kale chips as a healthy alternative to potato chips. which taste nothing alike. it’s like saying, carrots are like cookies because they’re both crunchy. i’ll just perpetually be 3 pounds heavier than i want to be and keep my barbecue potato chips, thank you very much. and i’ll continue complaining about the extra three pounds. i want to have my cake and eat it too.


this salad is really good though. and i’m so glad i added some heat to the dressing so it’s not a blah vinaigrette. it adds some zap to the sweetness of the honey in the dressing.

and the pine nuts. i just go nuts for them (bet you wish i had stayed with the dating ones now, huh?) – don’t skip toasting them. it’s worth the test in patience.

Sweet and Spicy Kale Salad
  • 1 large bunch of kale
  • 1 tbl lemon juice
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt, pepper
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper
  1. tear kale off stem and give it a rough chop. place in bowl.
  2. in a skillet over medium low heat, add toasted pine nuts. toast for 3-4 minutes until slightly golden.
  3. Add toasted pine nuts, avocado and cherry tomatoes to salad.
  4. in a small bowl, combine the EVOO, honey, salt, lemon juice, pepper and cayenne. mix together and add to dressing.
  5. toss and serve!




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