It’s summer time and bright, fresh salads are on the top of my list for easy meals. This is one of my quickest, easiest go-to salads. I can eat it over and over and well I do haha! Especially when it is hot outside, I like something light and simple and that definitely does NOT require turning on a stove or oven. This salad definitely hits the spot!
Kale, kale, kale! It’s all the rage. Probably because it’s up there with broccoli and blueberries and the other super foods in terms of vitamins and nutrition.
Kale comes in many varieties, but most are very cruciferous. Most recipes call for kale to be cooked down quite a bit. I came across Baby Kale in the grocery store, and it looked softer than curly kale, and I thought, why not make a salad with Baby Kale?!? So I did. Because we all know how much I love a big, hearty salad for dinner.
For 2 servings, you’ll need:
2 cups fresh baby kale
1 medium Roma tomato
3 cloves of garlic
5 strips of bacon
1/2 a medium avocado
1/4 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup chopped red onion
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Crumble the bacon into small pieces.
Making a balsamic reduction is way easier than I thought! You simply start with 4x the amount of balsamic you’ll need in the end. Pour the balsamic into a small frying pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Do this for 8-10 minutes, or until the balsamic has reduced into a thick, syrup-y type substance. We are basically boiling all the water out… Hence reducing it down.
To build your salad, start by plating a cup of baby kale. Top with the roasted tomatoes, garlic and onions. Add the bacon and feta crumbles. Plate some avocado slices along the side. Drizzle the balsamic reduction over the top.
Summer is a great time for salads. Tons of produce are in their prime. Plus, the sweltering heat leaves me wanting something on the lighter side. This salad could be great as a side or appetizer but I prefer it as a meal.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Dice up a handful of cilantro and mix it together with the orange. This will serve as a dressing and garnish. I threw in an avocado that was on its last leg. So if you have an avocado laying around, use that too!