and, let me add, that i'm not someone who even likes salad all that much. and making salads? forget about it. all that chopping up of a million different ingredients just for something that's a side dish? sheesh. no thank you.
but because i'm crazy impatient to lose the last of my baby weight, i whipped up this salad tonight and had it as the main dish (while chas ate pasta). it's so easy to make, you won't believe it. and it's so yummy that my mom calls it "crack salad." again- i stand by that comparison as well.
mango and pine nut kale salad
- 1 bunch kale (black kale is especially good), stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
- Small package of pine nuts
In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.
In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.
Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pine nuts. Toss and serve.