If you know me, then you know I’m a meal planner and avid ‘salad for lunch’ eater. To avoid the blah taste of the same thing every week, I generally like to switch it up a bit! One week it’s romaine and cabbage, and the next it might be spinach or arugula.
Well, this week I went with a Chopped Kale Salad that has become my all-tine favorite! My boyfriend initially didn’t care for the kale in one salad that I made but he totally approves when it’s prepared this way, and says it definitely makes it edible… ha, he sure does have a sense of humor! It almost reminds me of tabbouleh, but with kale!
This salad holds up throughout the week without browning or wilting, and stays fresh as can be. I generally prep my lunches (and my boyfriend’s) on Sunday to last us through Friday! The meal prep containers (set of 7) that I use weekly can be purchased on Amazon for $15 — they’re stackable, microwavable, diswasher safe, reusable; and can be found here.
Here is what you’ll need:
- 1 large bundle of kale
- 1/2 bag shredded carrots
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- Dried cape cod cranberries
- Sunflower seeds
- Salad dressing OR an olive oil, lemon and pinch of salt mix
* More suggestions to add to your salad: crumbled feta, diced cucumbers, bacon bits, chopped red onion
Bust out your trusty chopper/food processor/blender — I used my good ol’ Ninja. You will need to do this in multiple batches!
Wash the kale and gently cut the leaves off the stem; place batches in your Ninja (or preferred chopper) and pulse until the kale is completely chopped. Think, tabbouleh-like consistency – but kale is obviously more rough than parsley so not as ‘fine’ — use your best judgment! Repeat with the remainder of kale. Set aside in a large bowl.
Do the same with the carrots and red bell peppers and add to the kale.
Toss to combine…
Now, if you’re meal prepping like I do for lunch, divide your salad into individual containers. Then add the cranberries and sunflower seeds. If you’re serving this as a side dish for dinner, go ahead and add them right in and toss to combine. At this point, feel free to add in anything else you love in your salads: feta, cucumbers, bacon bits, onions, etc.