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Easy Almond Ricotta and Kale Salad

Ok, this might be the easiest salad I’ve ever made. If you have the croutons ready, it literally takes five minutes to make, counting washing and drying the kale. An easy healthy fix for any day.

Who says fast food can’t be healthy?

Yesterday I had carrot cake muffins as my first meal (brunch), then had some stuff to do and came back home at 4pm, hungry. I was really craving some greens and didn’t have time to prepare a complicated meal. I was also set to use my latest amazing discovery, almond ricotta made by Kite Hill, which I finally decided to test and I absolutely love it. Kale and ricotta are a good match, and a perfect vehicle for getting some olive oil in for the day. So just decided to make a very simple, nutritious salad. Now, if you don’t have croutons ready , it will take an extra 20 minutes to make them. I had some old loaf I made with the California Country Gal bread mix, sliced it and cubed, added to a sheet pan with olive oil, rosemary and garlic powder and baked for about 12-20 minutes at 350F. My bread was made with eggs, hence this salad is not vegan, but if you have a vegan bread or croutons you can make it lectin free and vegan.

If you choose to use a dairy ricotta, keep in mind that only the one imported from Italy is plant paradox compliant and it adds up to you animal protein intake. Also, for this salad I used my Pickled Red Onion, if you don’t have any you can use a shallot, but I would soak it in iced water for 5-10 minutes before using it to take away some of the strength.

Easy Almond Ricotta and Kale Salad

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup croutons (you need olive oil, dry rosemary and garlic powder)
  • 1 bunch curly kale, washed and dry
  • few tbsp of almond ricotta
  • a handful of pickled red onion
  • a handful of kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Make the croutons if you don't have already (the cooking time above is for making them). Cut your bread in small cubes, add to a sheet pan, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, dry rosemary and garlic powder. Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes or until they get crispy. Keep an eye on them as they can easily get burnt.

2

Chop the kale finely and add to a mixing bowl.

3

Add salt, extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and massage the kale with your hands.

4

Add ricotta, olives and the pickled onion (or fresh one if you use) and mix.

5

Transfer to a serving plates and top with croutons.

Notes

You can replace almond ricotta with normal ricotta if imported from Italy. Or you can make it vegan if you bread / croutons are not made with eggs.

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