• Shelley Alexander

    posted on May 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Amy, I love kale salads and this one looks fantastic. I have one on my blog with apple and pineapple and a pineapple hemp dressing that I make all the time. I will be adding your salad into my rotation. I’m tweeting your recipe. Thanks for sharing another tasty recipe!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Shelley Alexander, I am so intrigued by your pineapple hemp dressing – please share!! And thanks for tweeting! xoxo

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    Shelley Alexander Reply:

    Hi Amy,
    I’m attaching the link to my recipe for the kale salad and pineapple hemp dressing. I hope you enjoy it!
    http://aharmonyhealing.com/kale-apple-salad-with-pineapple-hemp-dressing/

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    Amy Reply:

    @Shelley Alexander, Thanks Shelly!! I am off to check that out. :)

  • Elaine L.

    posted on May 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    This salad looks yummy and will be on the shopping list for next week. My tip for cooking with kids is to prep the night before. I make sure everything is easily accessible and chopped. It takes some work to make this a habit, but it makes a huge difference. Especially on the days you are exhausted when dinner rolls around!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Elaine L., So smart! I prep lots of foods in advance. I think it’s so important to think about how you can spend more time with the kids and less time trying to get them to do what you need so you can chop veggies. Love this!

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  • Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen

    posted on May 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Perfect timing! I just bought my first bunch of Kale, never tried it before. This recipe looks delicious, and that little bunch of curly green in the fridge doesn’t look so intimidating anymore. Thanks!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen, You go Rachel! I get it – kale used to freak me out. I would look at it and think – now what do I do with this??? It was like nothing I’d ever tried. Now I love, love, love it. Have fun and let me know what you think.
    Hugs!!

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    Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen Reply:

    @Amy, We tried this last night, and it was delicious! We paired it with salmon, and omitted the sunflower seeds, but other than that stuck to the recipe. It is a very satisfying green, not quite crunchy but definitely not chewy. I am glad I tried it, and will be on the lookout for it in stores again in the future. Thanks for the recipe, it was very helpful and tasty!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Rachel @ Rediscovering the Kitchen, I’m so glad you liked it! :) Sometimes it’s just a matter of trying something new. I think salmon sounds like a great pairing.

  • Christianne

    posted on May 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Amy.
    This looks wonderful! I have lacinto kale growing in my garden right now. I have noticed a growing tendency toward raw since Nate has graced your lives as well as your kitchen and to be perfectly honest, i seem to be incorporating more raw foods into my diet every week. Thanks for keeping us light and healthy- I have a lifesize pic of you and Nate getting around with style in your Moby Wrap! Go mama go!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Christianne, You’re so good at reading between the lines, Christianne. I haven’t had much time to bake – so when that changes you’ll see dessert again. But, once Nate arrived I started reading so much about nutrition. I want him to have a really good nutritional start in life because so much rides on having good health.

    I love the bonding and closeness that comes from wearing Nate in a carrier. I wear him when I grocery shop in my ERGObaby and there is guy that works at the store that always comments about how good it is for the baby. I agree.

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  • Jenn

    posted on May 3, 2012 at 1:28 am

    This looks so inviting!! Beautiful salad :)

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  • Dori

    posted on May 3, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Hi Amy,
    This summer I’m looking forward to watermelon & cucumber salads with lime juice, sea salt, and pepper! I don’t know if it’s my favorite salad, but I love it!
    Best,
    Dori

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    Amy Reply:

    @Dori, I’m looking forward to watermelon, too. Last year we had the best Texas watermelons. I don’t know what it is about Texas that makes the watermelon so good but they were never that good when I lived in Ohio.

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  • Kate @Type1Momma

    posted on May 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

    it gets easier with kids in the kitchen! My daughter really loved the sound of the dishwasher when she was a newborn, so I planned a lot of cooking for when I was running it :) . I loved using the moby wrap as well. Now she’s 3 and a wonderful helper in the kitchen, it is so fun to cook together with her and she actually takes directions pretty well and isn’t too messy!

    I make this mango/cucumber/broccolli slaw salad all the time because it is really easy: http://type1momma.com/mango-balsamic-cole-slaw/ and I love the way the sweet mango tastes with the red onion and balsamic vinegar.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kate @Type1Momma, I would have never thought to put mango with cucumber and broccoli. I’m sure it’s delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    I will have to try out the dishwasher trick. :)

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  • Cara

    posted on May 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Love the sound of this! I am a fiend when it comes to raw kale salads :)

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  • Kim (Cook It Allergy Free)

    posted on May 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful, Amy! I worked my way up to raw kale too. I always loved it sauteed or in soups or as chips, but never really loved it raw. It was not until I started growing it and having so much of it that made me have to think outside the box to use it up and not let it go to waste. I started it chopping it really small and adding it to all of our salads and then I started loving eating it that way. This one looks wonderful. Will definitely be making this! :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Kim (Cook It Allergy Free), I wish I could get kale to grow in my garden. I’m not even attempting a garden at all this year. I’ve resigned to organic produce from Whole Foods. If you were closer I’d take that extra kale off of your hands. :)

    About your salad – kale does get much more tender when chopped finely. And, once it’s dressed it softens even more.

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  • Alta

    posted on May 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    This looks positively delightful. I love kale salads. I especially love the blend of apples and sunflower seeds in this one. My niece loved a “Johnny Jump-Up” when her daughter was just a little wee one – she could hang it up, and the baby could bounce away and watch Momma as she was free to do other things (like cook in the kitchen). It also doesn’t take up much space, since it hangs in a door frame or something. I bet in a month or two, Nate could enjoy that. (You too!)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alta, My girlfriend, Katie, has one of those. Yes, I bet Nate would love bouncing around. I think when he’s this little, though, he needs to be with momma as much as possible. :)

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    Alta Reply:

    @Amy, I totally agree. :)

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  • Alyssa @ Queen of Quinoa

    posted on May 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    This salad is so gorgeous and healthy, Amy! It reminds me of spring and shopping at the farmer’s market. I can’t wait to make it. It’s funny that you never craved vegetables in the first three moths, my coworker who is expecting is feeling the exact same way (it must be a common thing)! She doesn’t want anything but comfort foods. Glad you’re back to enjoying fabulous salads like this one! xo

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  • Saundra

    posted on May 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Amy I’ve had a hard time with raw kale as well because it is so bitter. I use it in minestrone soup and zuppa Toscana as well as bean soups. I love it that way! I do want to try this salad though. The addition of apples & cabbage sounds good.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Saundra, Once the salad is dressed the kale softens in flavor and texture. And, the contrast of the apples and cabbage really help. Enjoy it!!

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  • Ricki

    posted on May 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I’m late to this party, but holy moly, that salad looks divine!! Raw kale salads are my very favorite salad–I love them with avocado dressing, with cashew/lime dressing, with regular ol’ olive oil and lemon dressing–and they seem to go well with any mix of fruit and/or veg you fancy! This one sounds particularly yummy. I don’t find raw kale to be bitter at all, but the combo of kale and raw apple is one of my favorites. And the color contrasts in your pic are just lovely! So glad the Moby Wrap is working out and that both you and Nate are enjoying it. :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Ricki, He’s in the Moby Wrap right now fast asleep. He seems to be happiest that way. I am going to have to check out some of your salads. I’m generally so lazy – throw whatever I have together and call it a meal. But this one has me motivated to try some new ones.
    xoxo

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  • Alisa

    posted on May 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I admit, raw kale is REALLY not my thing, but with the apple, hmm, this is sounding like a good thing. Thanks for sharing Amy!

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    Amy Reply:

    @Alisa, My hubby isn’t a fan either. It just means that there’s more for me. :)

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  • Valerie

    posted on May 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. You do not disappoint, Amy! Thank you for sharing – I LOVE it. It keeps really well, too. A couple days later and it’s still nice and crispy. YUM.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Valerie, I’m so glad you like it, Valerie! I think it would convert anyone who thinks they don’t like kale. :)

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  • jenn in GA

    posted on June 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    made this–half portion–for myself for lunch. found that it was too dry without using all the dressing, so i dumped it all on and enjoyed it! thanks for posting this. i was getting tired of kale chips.

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  • Monique

    posted on June 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    LOVE raw kale and purple cabbage! I am 7 months pregnant and CRAVE raw fruit and veggies. The Whole Foods salad bar has been my source for delicious cabbage, kale, and cherry tomatoes. It’s nice to know there are other Moms out there who love to eat good and healthy! :)

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    Amy Reply:

    @Monique, Our bodies tell us exactly what we need to eat when we’re pregnant, don’t they? Congratulations to you!!

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  • Shelley

    posted on July 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe! I found your site by googling ‘raw kale salad,’ which I pretty much universally love, but I tend to make more complex ones (there’s a great but oily caesar slaw recipe with raw kale on epicurious–healthy fats!) and so it’s exciting to have one where I just whip out the food processor and go. I left out the red cabbage b/c I didn’t have any on hand and used raw pumpkin seeds instead of sesame seeds and of course, it’s still delicious.

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    Amy Reply:

    @Shelley, Thanks! I like the simplicity of things…I have a 5 month old so I have to move quickly in the kitchen.

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  • sarah

    posted on November 10, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Just want to say thank you for sharing this recipe. I have made it so many times, and everyone who tries it loves and wants the recipe. I put it in the My-Favorite-Recipes index cards in the kitchen so I can always check it quickly to make sure I’m not forgetting anything. Craving it again tonight and just wanted to express my appreciation!

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