Watercress and Kale salad

Kale, Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad

Kale is just gorgeous, isn’t it?

It’s probably my second-favorite green to have in salads (spinach is my favorite), and it is loaded with healthy goodness. Lots of dietary fiber and loads of vitamins A, C and K, plus plenty of folate.

I bought this lovely green variety of kale from the local Farmer’s Market and after a good wash, I steamed it for just a few seconds until it was bright green. Then I put it in the fridge to chill it back down.

The next day, I tore the kale into bite-sized pieces and tossed it with some watercress (another delightful salad ingredient), some fresh chicken breast, sprouts, blue cheese crumbles and a big red bell pepper. You’ll probably see some jalapenos in there too. Those sneaky little guys.

A little extra-virgin olive oil, a drizzle of white balsamic vinegar and presto: a perfect lunch.

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9 Responses to Kale, Chicken and Bell Pepper Salad

  1. Metricula April 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE kale. I eat raw, steamed, creamed, toasted… Yum! So hearty and cheap and delicious.

  2. Amy Scheer April 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    I drink kale every morning in my raw veggie juice. Except today, when I went for a beet-apple-cucumber juice, and had the kale sauteed with sesame seeds at lunch.

    This post goes well with your other one entitled “Boxing with Chickens,” as I assume you eat so healthy always but right now, this week, particularly for one reason…

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe April 19, 2011 at 10:02 am #

      I eat pretty healthy about 80% of the time. I’m a little obsessive about good food, and terribly picky. Right now, especially.

      OH. MY. I never even thought about the Boxing with Chickens connection. Oh, the guilt!! 🙂

      Your juice sounds fabulous. Every so often I think about getting one of those juicer-dealies; are they a pain to clean?

      • Amy Scheer April 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

        Y’know, I got mine for ten bucks at a yard sale. MAJOR find. It’s an old model, but worth about $200! It won’t last forever, but for now, tis good.

        Mine, because it’s old, is a small chore to clean, as all the stuff stays in rather than gets spit out, as in the newer models. But it’s just part of my life now–the juicer, and the cleaning of the juicer. Starting “juicing” a year ago was a game changer, for me, and I highly recommend it. Though sometimes I look at the amount of veggies I consume daily and wonder why I don’t have superpowers by now…

        • Lisa Creech Bledsoe April 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

          “Though sometimes I look at the amount of veggies I consume daily and wonder why I don’t have superpowers by now…” Hah! I love this.

          And don’t discount the fact that we probably feel and perform much better as a result of working hard to eat right. It’s hard to tell, when you don’t have an easy “quick reference” for how we really felt before we were eating right, but I think we’re ahead, generally speaking. If we’re ever in doubt, we can go on a McDonald’s binge and it won’t take long before we repent.

          PS: Would love to read your script for “Even in the Darkest Place” if you have it posted anywhere. It sounds incredibly compelling.

  3. Margaret Reyes Dempsey April 19, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Um num and dare I say num. Looks awesome. White balsamic? I’ve never had that. It’s going on the shopping list.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe April 19, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      The white balsamic is a bit milder and sweeter than the regular balsamic. I prefer it now.

      Did I tell you I found Nutella?? Right by the peanut butter, it was. I damn near unscrewed the top right there in the store I was so excited. But I didn’t like it all that well in the end. I think my dark chocolate gene wasn’t getting its expected hit. But! The boys loved it, and have created all sorts of curious food inventions with it already. So, a win!

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