Nacho Average Kale Salad

Nacho Average Kale Salad
If you have trouble with healthy eating, never forget that it’s all about balance. To me, building a balanced meal isn’t just about pairing the steaks and lasagnas of the world with steamed veggies and lightly dressed salads… it’s also about enhancing the so-called rabbit food with a little touch of that opposite end of the spectrum. Hence, the perfect pairing under the spotlight today: SALAD and NACHOS.

It’s no secret that I could eat kale for days, and this taco salad remix is another ideal veggie-packed lunch. I’m always looking for some satisfying crunch factor, and this gets it from both fresh kale and crispy tortilla chips – balanced crunch!

Nacho Average Kale Salad
Another nice bonus is that the hearty kale greens keep fresh for days, so it’s a great make-ahead solution to set yourself up for lunchtime success.

If you want to keep things light, you can use an extra squeeze of lime juice as your dressing, but both vinaigrettes and creamy dressings work well here. I packed these for my work lunches to eat 4 days in a row, so I tried it all. My very favorite was when I added some diced leftover chicken breast and dressed it all up with some specialty oil and vinegar that I was gifted from the lovely Baker & Olive here in San Diego county (Persian lime olive oil and serrano-honey balsamic vinegar… yes, OMG). Very much worth a trip if you’re looking to spoil your foodie friends!

Nacho Average Kale Salad
A big bowl of the good stuff – let’s hear it for balance!

Nacho Average Kale Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Nacho Average Kale Salad

1 bunch kale
juice from ½ lime
1 Tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 15 oz. can (or same amount cooked from dry) black beans
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
? cup grape tomatoes, quartered
2 green onions, thinly sliced
To serve:
shredded cheddar or crumbled cotija cheese
sliced avocado
tortilla chips (the sweet potato flavored rounds are my fave for this recipe - I’ve bought them at both Sprouts and Trader Joe’s)
additional lime juice or dressing of your choice

Remove the thick ribs from the kale leaves, and shred the greens. Place them in a large bowl, top with the lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Use your hands to massage the kale greens to tenderize and combine with the dressing. Add the black beans, corn, tomatoes and green onions, then toss to combine.

Divide the salad into 4 servings and top each bowl with cheese, avocado, tortilla chips and dressing immediately before serving. Toss it all together before eating for best results.

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