Grilled Kale Salad
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When I was a bit younger, the adjective “simple” wouldn’t necessarily be a desirable characteristic for activities or things in my life. I’m guessing when I thought of “simple” I also thought “boring” or “yawn.” That was also around the same time when I didn’t mind if a dinner took 2 hours to prepare or if a dessert had 50 different steps.

Things are very different right now. I have found that I really appreciate simple and/or easy things. A really great but simple haircut. Clothing that only looks like I spent time coordinating a cute outfit. Books that quickly draw you in and keep you engaged. Simple but tasty and nutritious meals (more on that in a second).

And being around easy to talk/relate to people. Friends are harder to come by when you get older. I’m sure this will change, but right now I’m past the point of wanting to go to a party and meet a bunch of new people. I love being social, but if I get that opportunity I want to spend it with people where the friendships are easy. It was hard moving back to Wichita from Durham. When you move back to your hometown, people assume you have a group of friends to easily plug back into. That might be partly true, but those friends got used to you not being there or maybe your just don’t click like you did.

I have had a saving grace during this transitional time of life though, Club Read. Every Sunday afternoon a group of long time friends and family would get together, hang out, watch football, eat great food, and just generally enjoy each others company. Josh and I were graciously invited into the fold. Even though football is 100% not my thing, I looked forward to Club Read every Sunday. They were with us while we tried to find our footing again in Wichita, while I was pregnant, after Isla was born, and now as we figure life out as new parents. It has been a beautiful picture of community that I am so grateful for. 

A big chunk of that group of people is sadly (for everyone at Club Read) moving away. Specifically, the closest friend I’ve made since moving back to Wichita. Her name is Holly, and she is lovely inside and out. Because of Club Read I’ve had the opportunity to see her as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend, and let me tell you what, there isn’t anyone better than this girl. I’m so sad she’s leaving and will miss our easy friendship, but I’m happy that she’s only moving a few hours away. I haven’t quite discussed this with her yet, but I plan on being a frequent visitor. Enough of that sappy stuff…

Simple, healthy, quick and delicious. This salad is my current favorite. It has everything you want for a summer salad. Not too heavy, but full of zesty flavors. The dressing has raw garlic which gives it a zippy spice that I just love. You make it on the grill which is even better because you can just throw it on when your protein isn’t almost done.

Here’s to simple and easy.


20 minutes
1-3 minutes
2 hearty portions; 4 side salads
2 bunches kale
2 pieces of bread (I used spelt, but feel free to use what you like/can eat)
2 garlic cloves
zest of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for bread
pinch of salt
fresh cracked pepper

Rinse your kale and remove the stalks. Be sure to dry the kale leaves well.


Preheat grill to high.


To make the dressing: Use a microplane grater to grate the garlic cloves into a small bowl. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Whisk together until incorporated. Set aside.


Brush the olive oil onto both sides of the bread.


Place the kale leaves and bread directly onto the grill grates. Grill for approximately a minute and then give everything a good flip. Grill for another minute or until the kale leaves and bread begins to char. Remove from grill and let set for a minute on a sheet pan.


Cut grilled bread into crouton sized pieces.


In a large bowl, throw in your grilled kale leaves. Drizzle the dressing over the kale and toss well.


Split the salad between serving plates or bowls and top with croutons. Enjoy!


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