Even though it’s winter time, I still love a good salad. During the summer months, I love the fresh garden vegetables like vine ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and anything else I can pick right off the plant for my salad. But during the winter months, those things are not always as fresh from the stores and full of flavor.
This Chopped Kale Salad recipe is what I call a winter salad. It’s is chocked full of hearty crunchy seasonal vegetables that are readily available in the grocery store during those cold months. On top of that, it’s full of super nutrients to help keep our body healthy during this season. Kale is part of the cabbage family and is loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, K, Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium and Omega 3! Wow! Now that’s what I call a super food!
Today I’m doing three posts! This is my favorite winter salad along with a fantastic Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing and I’m also going to include my dry Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix because I use it to make that Balsamic Vinaigrette!
So, lets get started with our Chopped Kale Salad!
Here’s how I make it.
Chopped Kale Salad
Radishes are one of my favorite salad ingredients, plus it adds a little color to winter!
First, slice off the top and bottom ends just a bit. Slice the radish into 1/8 inch slices, then each slice into sticks. Try stacking the slices together when cutting them into sticks for a quicker method.
Since this is a Chopped Kale Salad, I prefer to to chop or shred all of the ingredients into small bite size pieces (any shape you’d like). Here is everything I put in this salad: kale, green cabbage, Brussels sprouts, radishes, dried cherries for a touch of sweetness (or cranberries, depending on what I have on hand) and roasted pumpkin seeds. If I happen to have some fresh broccoli on hand, I like to peel that fat stalk, then cut it into sticks as well. Delicious!!
Want to add some more color? Use a purple cabbage! Beautiful!
Then I put these ingredients into the largest monstrous bowl I have. It just makes it so much easier to toss together.
Then toss with your hands for best and most delicate method. If you’re not really a hands on mixer, use a couple of large spoons or salad tongs.
Fill up your salad bowl. This recipe will make 4 dinner salads or 6-8 side salads.
Pour on your favorite salad dressing.
My personal favorite salad dressing for this Chopped Kale Salad is Balsamic Vinaigrette. And it’s super easy! That is post two for this Grand Salad. Post three is the dry Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix that goes into the vinaigrette. Need a Ranch Dip for raw vegetables, chips or wings? That’s also in the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix post. Go check it out!
Now that’s one beautiful, crunchy, healthy delicious winter salad in a bowl. I just love it!
Make it your own by adding other favorite winter vegetables for even more flavor and texture!
Here’s the printer friendly recipe.