My fascination with kale seems to know no bounds. It's a love affair that just won't end. I find the act of eating kale extremely satisfying. It absorbs flavors so well, stands up to heat, and dressings and never gets limp or too bitter. And you always feel like you did something really good for yourself. If you're not a kale fan, then this blog is probably not for you. I made another kale salad for my friend Megan's birthday dinner that was to die for and I'll be posting that one soon.
In general I start every week by de-stalking a big bunch of lacinato kale and storing in a pyrex dish, then you're always ready to go for salad, sautees, soups, whatever.
There is a salad place in NYC that I miss on a daily basis. It's called SweetGreen and they make the best salads and people line up 50 deep at lunch time for them. They made a Fall salad that was my absolute favorite and I missed it so much I found I had to make it at home.
It's so hearty and yet so light, it makes a perfect lunch because you're satisfied yet energized for your afternoon. The sweetness of the apples goes so well with the goat cheese, crunch of the walnuts, and the yummy bite of the chicken, you want a little bit of every thing on every forkful. I make a huge batch of this and eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for as long as it lasts.
Fall Kale Salad with Roast Chicken, Apples and Goat Cheese
- 1 bunch lacinato kale, de-stalked and sliced very thing
- 1/2 cup goat cheese, broken up into bits
- 1 apple, diced
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 cups shredded, roast chicken
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- big glug of olive oil
- glug of apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper
This recipe is pretty easy if you already have roasted your chicken, if you haven't then you have to roast a chicken and then let it rest, and shred it. I recommend making a chicken and then using the leftovers for this. If you want instructions on how to roast a chicken, check out my Poulet Extraordinaire post. You could also pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket which is a great work around :) Once your chicken is roasted and shredded though, combine all ingredients in a big bowl and toss. That's it. It's that simple.