Only within the last two or so years have I become a big kale fan. I thought it was one of those super earthy-crunchy snacks, and I'm a little too mainstream foodie to buy into anything super outside of the box. But I realized my mistake as soon as I tried it - kale is really just what lettuce should be. Less listless than iceburg and with the extra crunch you wish romaine had.
Now, it should be noted that I am really not a soup and salad gal. A salad is pretty much never a whole meal for me. It's a great side, but unless I just had a big Chinese-food lunch or ate a hundred burgers, I am not going to have a salad as a standalone. What's (probably) worse, my kinds of salads include heavy dressing, lots of cheese, and a few flavorful standard veggies. So..."healthy" but not really healthy. Whatever gets you to eat some vegetables though right? Right?
For this salad, I had already had a big breakfast at noon, and I wanted a little something before dinner that wouldn't make me feel like I'd eaten a days worth of food before three o'clock. I had some kale and some local eggs in the fridge, and there's really nothing easier than that.
Total Time: 15 minutes
- A few leaves of kale, dependent on size
- 1 large or 2 small eggs
- Lots of cheese (I used shredded Cabot cheddar)
- 2 tablespoons Ranch dressing (Marie's gives you the homemade flavor but I do love some Hidden Valley)
- Black pepper to taste
- Add egg(s) and enough water to cover by an inch in a small pot. Put on burner and set to High.
- Thoroughly wash and dry kale, and rip into small bite-size pieces. Add to bowl and cover with some cheese and dressing.
- Once water in pot starts to boil, place on a cool burner and cover. For medium farm-fresh eggs leave for 9-10 minutes, for large store-bought leave for 12-13.
- Empty water from pot and run cold water over drained eggs. Refresh water in pot and add ice, let eggs sit to cool for 5-10 minutes (as long as you can stand, really). Dry and crack eggs to peel, and cut however your little heart desires.
- Add eggs to salad, cover with black pepper and extra cheese/dressing/whatever makes you feel like your salad is more or less healthy than it actually is.