Kale Grapefruit Salad

I feel like it’s been a bit too long since I’ve talked much about my old friend kale.  I mentioned yesterday that kale chips are a healthy recipe that I consider “life changing,” in that it makes something absurdly good for me into something that I want to eat as much of as possible.  And while I wouldn’t encourage binge eating of any kind, if it happens to be a binge of an entire bunch of kale – well, I’d consider that a victory more than any kind of harmful gluttony.

dear kale. marry me!

Depending on the sauce or dressing, sometimes raw kale salads are basically un-dhydrated kale chips.  Har har, right?  I guess calling kale chips dehydrated kale salads doesn’t make them sound quite as inviting, but…y’know.  That’s pretty much what’s happening.

My favourite basic raw kale salad (everyone get in the way-back machine, here it is!) involves simply lemon juice, an oil like flax, hemp, olive or a mashed avocado, and some salt, all massaged into thinly sliced kale.  This is a slightly fancier version of that, with a little grapefruit in the dressing, and some thinly sliced fennel in the salad itself.  The fennel is optional, whether you’re a fan or not, or have it or whatever.  There are few rules in salad-land, and improvising is recommended.

Kale Fennel Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette & Walnuts

1 bunch kale, thick stems removed and thinly sliced
1 bulb fennel, thinly sliced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
optional: diced avocado

1 grapefruit, skin and toughest white bits removed
1 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp maple syrup or agave
fresh cracked pepper & sea salt to taste

clearly too hungry to f around taking proper photo.
Combine all ingredients for dressing in blender until smooth and emulsified.  Slice kale and fennel, toss with dressing in large bowl until kale begins to wilt.  Top with walnuts, avocado, or anything else you may desire

5 thoughts on “Kale Grapefruit Salad

  1. Yum Yum! Been thinking about giving fennel a try; and this might just be the receipe to follow; guessing that the citrus helps tenderize the kale and fennel?.. plus adding a tangy flavour.

  2. I love the salad! While kale remains my first love, I've been dating fennel quite a bit lately. (I add half a bulb to my morning green juices) Love this addition to a kale salad and the thought of that dressing is making my mouth water! Fabulous recipe.

  3. This sounds like a really interesting flavor combination with the grapefruit and fennel and avocado. I love fennel..and kale…and may have to give this a whirl.

  4. I loved your last kale salad, Ainslie, so I am sure this oen is delicious as well. Have yet to try raw fennel, though! It would be an adventure. :)

  5. yay, glad you guys like this salad! it was my first time using fennel in a REALLY long time, and I LOVED it with the kale – the grapefruit/lemon tenderizes both in a delicious way, and keeps the fennel pretty subtle tasting!

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