Kale Protein Salad

November 30, 2015

I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving! I had a wonderful time and hosted the festivities at my house for the first time. Everything went swimmingly with the exception of a small anxiety attack I had when I came to find that the turkey still had its sad little neck on it. I ended up having to get a friend to come to my house and cut it off for me because it was just freaking me out too much. C’est la vie I guess.

Like most Thanksgivings, I ate so much good food that my body is in total retaliation mode. To get my body to hate me just a little less I’m planning on eating relatively clean this week so I wanted to share my first recipe of my clean eating week, my kale and lentil salad!

This salad is so flavorful and protein rich (18 grams from the lentils alone!) that you won’t feel like you’re missing out on eating all those Thanksgiving leftovers.
kale protein salad ingredients

To create the amazing salad you will need:

  • 1 sweet green apple
  • 1/2-1 cup of croutons
  • 1 cup of cooked lentils
  • 6 cups of chopped kale
  • Dressing
These measurements are approximate so you can really add more or less depending on what you’re feeling. I know I do.
chopped apple
First, I place my bed of kale in a bowl (Not pictured). I like to buy huge bags of kale and use them throughout the week in salads and smoothies. Next I take my apple and dice it up into nice big chunks. I like throwing apples into my salad because it cuts the acidity from the dressing and balances everything out really well.
 kale protein salad
Next I add my apples, lentils, and croutons to the mix. For my dressing I am using Annie’s shiitake sesame vinaigrette. I like it because the mushroom taste isn’t overwhelming but it does add a nice twist to a regular vinaigrette. If you hate vinegar but like light dressings, this one is amazing because the vinegar smell and taste is very well disguised.
You can really add whatever dressing you like but if your goal is to make a detox salad I would advise steering clear from thick and fattening dressings like ranch or blue cheese. Creamy, opaque dressings usually tend to have higher calorie and fat counts than dressings you can see through so keep that in mind when you’re concocting this salad.
 kale salad
Mix everything together and, if you’re like me, eat it straight out of the bowl because:
A. You’re home alone watching cupcake wars and
B. It’s just that tasty

How easy was that?! I’ll be eating this and salads like this all week as an apology to my body for the damage I did to it on Thanksgiving. What are YOUR after Thanksgiving detox meals? Let me know in the comments below!

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