Monday, May 28, 2012

Bon appétit!

So these days planning, shopping and cooking for elaborate meals just does not fit in the schedule.  I am all about quick and easy recipes that definitely include yummy, fresh ingredients.  B and I both have been trying to eat healthy and one of our favorite meals is the Tuscan kale salad at Tavern.  Well I think I have managed to recreate it.

You just need a few simple ingredients.

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one large lemon
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • sea salt, black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
  • Lots of grated Parmesan cheese (to taste) 
  • Sea salt, black pepper


To make the salad dressing, simply mix garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar and salt and pepper.

Rinse kale, roughly chop and dry with salad spinner or paper towels.

Chop finely using a mezzaluna or chef’s knife.

Toss with salad dressing, cheese, toasted almonds and crushed red pepper.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

And voila!  Dinner is served.  This is so addicting!  We had it for dinner three nights last week.

And for dessert, my other new obsession, thanks to my friend Ashley.

Mix one part light sour cream to one part non-fat Greek yogurt and add brown sugar to taste.  Then mix in fresh berries.  I added yummy lemon wafers from Trader Joe's for a little crunch.

Bon appétit!

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