I know. I’ve already lost you.
Kids who “love” kale?
But there’s a secret: it’s this dressing. The balsamic vinegar combined with a shot of real maple syrup is so sweet and tangy that the bitterness of kale actually works perfectly with it. It’s the homemade dressing that made our kids love kale.
Still Don’t Believe Me?
I eat a big salad almost every day for lunch. I don’t know if your kids ever ask you for a bite of your food. They don’t right? HA HA HA. With their x-ray vision, your rascals can spot you enjoying a Kind bar in the peace of your own pantry so a tasty salad in plain sight doesn’t stand a chance. At least that’s how it goes around here.
So when Phoebe spied my lunch, she begged for a bite.
Reluctant to share–because I was sure she’d spit it out and waste even a tad of my favorite lunch–I offered her a little taste.
But she didn’t spit it out. She loved it.
Then immediately tried to sell it to everyone else.
“Oh! It’s so good! You guys should try this,” my six-year-old implored. “Really! You’ve got to. Just take one bite. Just try it.”
Suddenly my lunch is up for grabs.
As each tiny person huddled around my chair, I popped a tiny bit of salad into their mouths. One by one, each of these kids smiled. And asked for more. “More salad, please!” These are words I’ve heard separately many times. But together? This was unusual. Hanging up the bath towels instead of leaving them on the floor, unusual.
But now they’re in! To be clear, none of the kids eat a Big Salad. They each have a small portion, but they’re eating salad! Salad made of kale, which might be the most nutritionally dense food in the world.
But only with this dressing.
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- few cracks of pepper
- 4-6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- In a small bowl or jar, whisk everything together. The mustard should help it emulsify, coming together as a thick dressing that's no longer separated. (If you use a jar, you can put the lid on and just shake it.)
- Using a large salad bowl, add the kale and about ¼ cup of this dressing. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate until you're ready to eat (about 10 minutes or several hours both work great).
- Serve with the remaining dressing. Add shredded carrots, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, or any other toppings your family enjoys.
- Store any remaining dressing in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
The whole kale salad is especially delicious paired with kid-favorites like this…
What do you think? Did you like this recipe? Let us know! I’d love all the details too:
- How many kids do you have?
- How easy was this dish to prepare?
- What did the kids say? Thumbs Up, Middle, or Down?
- Would you make it again?