Salutations! (& kale salad love)

“Whoo hoooo! Check it out, we’re live!!!” That is what I heard when I picked up the phone today. I love it! Sioux and I have had a dream of starting this blog for some time and now here we are. This comes to fruition at a time when both of us are experiencing a constructive flow in our lives, and it reminded us that when you follow your passions, the universe delivers with abundance.

With that said, welcome to crunchybits.net! Our goal is to share information on all the topics that we love and are an important part of each of our families. We will include bits about nutritious and delicious food,  natural parenting, homeschooling, gardening, friendship and other topics that capture our attention and beg us to research them as is our habit.

Sioux and I love discovering those special crunchy bits in the small and big towns that surround us, including family farms, independent bookstores, open spaces, delicious restaurants and more. We want to share this local goodness with you, giving you the chance to support those unique places, as well as being able to learn more about the fun and interesting spots around your town.

So let’s celebrate! This recipe is an all-time favorite, and we have both passed on to pretty much everyone who has tried it because it is just that good!

Kale salad

serves 4 (if you plan on sharing)
kale salad ingredients

  • 1 bunch lacinato kale
  • 1 bunch of curly green kale
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 2-3 TBS sweetener
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 large tomato
    1. kale salad ready to massageWash kale and tear into bite sized pieces. Drain off water of use a salad spinner.
    2. Combine kale, olive oil, cider vinegar, sweetener (we recommend raw local honey or date paste) and salt.
    3. Massage for about five minutes. The kale will break down and become the most beautiful dark green.
    4. Add chopped avocado, chopped tomato and chopped onion. Massage gently this time until incorporated. I usually go by feel when making this recipe. While massaging you want it to be oily enough without being drenched and it should feel a little sticky while massaging. Make sure to taste test it and add more of what you think it needs.

voila! kale salad

  1. If you can manage to wait, let sit in fridge for an hour before serving. The kale marinates down quite a bit, so don’t be intimidated by the size of the salad when first put into the bowl. You’ll likely end up downsizing bowls to serve it, due to both marination and frequent taste-testing.

Yum!

Now here is the low down…

I use the apple cider vinegar, Sioux uses the equivalent of fresh squeezed lemon juice.

I pour it all in and mix while Sioux prefers to make the dressing and pour it on top before mixing.  I know they are subtle differences, but they do also make subtle differences to the salad. Now it is your turn. Give it a try and add your little twist! Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of the salad, and if you have your own special twist or alternative version to contribute.

The family reviews:

  • Husbands: will devour the entire bowl unless under close eye.
  • Kids: 3 out of 4 approve!

Enjoy!

Sabrina and Sioux

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