A Birthday Salad for My Sister
Happy Birthday to my sister! Betsey is significantly older than me and growing up I often looked to her for advice. In many cases she played the role of a second mother and would often try to convince me I was actually her baby! As we've grown up we have become close friends and the age gap seems to diminish with each year. I do however still go to her for advice now and then. Betsey always knows the best new novels to read, and the best restaurants to check out.
For over a year my sister was insisting I check out Tiny's, a new-ish restaurant in our neighborhood that has become her favorite spot. Despite Betsey's promise of the best kale salad ever it took me forever to finally dine at Tiny's. I finally did make it last spring and have been hooked on their kale salad ever since. It is really amazing, from the walnuts to the perfect maple vinaigrette. For Betsey's birthday I created my own version of her favorite kale salad omitting the cheese Tiny's uses and dressing it with a less sugary mustard vinaigrette. The result is a crisp fall salad, perfect for an early fall birthday!
Kale Salad with Apples and Walnuts
- 2 cups kale ribs removed and ripped into small pieces
- 1/2 of a pink lady apple diced
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 medium carrot diced
- Massage the kale with the mustard vinaigrette
- Toss with apples, walnut and carrots
- 2 T organic dijon mustard
- 10 drops liquid stevia
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl
- Adjust flavor to taste