Morning! We just returned from sunny Florida..we were there for a week and a half and really enjoyed the warm weather, beach, pool and sun. I really have missed that warm sunshine and it does the body good.
Today Stefanie from Sarcastic Cooking is here to share a healthy, delicious Avocado, Kale and Spinach Salad! I had a similar salad while I was in Florida and it was so tasty. This is a power salad and a perfect light salad for the warmer weather months.
Stefanie recently had a baby boy too so we both have been going through the same sleepless nights, and trying to juggle all that comes with being a Mom. Stop by Sarcastic Cooking (http://www.sarcasticcooking.com/) and check out her unique recipes! Welcome Stefanie!
Everybody these days is all into their juices. Green juices, cayenne lemonade, smoothies, and juice cleanses. I am more of a food in food form person. I tried a juice cleanse once. It was ok. I definitely felt better and wanted to eat better when it was over. However, I also wanted to eat fried chicken because I made some for my husband Mike during the cleanse. Watching him eat that while I chugged down a green juice was probably a rookie mistake.
I know Julia is all about smoothies. I get it. They are an easy and fast snack or breakfast. I bet Will loves to watch the all the ingredients swirl together in the blender. It amazes me sometimes. But for whatever reason, I would much rather bust out the fork and knife than a straw for my meal.
Hence this beautifully green salad!
One of my first outings after having my first child, Andy, was to meet one of my best friends for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, which serves a simple salad like this that I absolutely love. This restaurant is definitely a kind of ladies-who-lunch restaurant. The two of us ordered a bottle of wine and looked around at a bunch of classy ladies with glasses of chilled white wine reading either a book or a newspaper enjoying a lunch for one.
Both of us being relatively new moms, we looked at them with awe. One day that will be us, we said. During our lunch, we treated ourselves to homemade ricotta gnocchi (and wine, of course), so we needed a counterpart to balance out the meal. Enter the salad!
This salad makes you feel fancy and healthy all at the same time. Plus, it is so easy to recreate because it requires so few ingredients. I can definitely whip this salad up while keeping an eye on Andy in the swing/bouncer. Save the electricity required to blend up a juice and make this salad instead!
A special thanks to Julia for having me guest post today! Enjoy the warm weather and all the baby snuggles you can!
- 1 Ripe Avocado, pitted and sliced
- 2 Cups Fresh Spinach Leaves
- 2 Cups Kale, stems removed and chopped
- Zest of 1/2 Lemon
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- Tiny Pinch of Sea Salt (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon Grated Parmesan
- In a large bowl toss together the kale and spinach with the olive oil and lemon juice.
- Portion half of the salad mixture on to two separate plates. Top each bed of greens with half of the sliced avocado. Sprinkle each salad with parmesan, black pepper, and lemon zest.
- Serve immediately.