01.26.15Recipe | Chicken Sausage + Kale Salad

Lincoln restaurant

When Rob and I visited my sister in DC recently, we went to her favorite restaurant, Lincoln, for an evening of small plates and tasty drinks. The restaurant was as beautifully decorated as it was delicious. Among the small plates we shared was the kale salad: toasted pine nuts, dehydrated cranberries, dried currants, shaved Parmesan, and lemon dressing on a bed of finely chopped kale. I have to confess, though… I had never had kale (outside of a smoothie) except for one bite many years ago that did not sit well with my taste buds. But I was determined to give it another shot. I’m so glad I did — the kale salad was fantastic!

So fantastic, that I decided to make a kale salad for lunch the very next week. It tasted pretty similar to Lincoln’s salad, though my ingredients were slightly different based on what I had on hand.

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What you need:
10 oz. bag of kale (I got mine from Trader Joe’s)
Roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
Walnut halves or pieces
Shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
2 chicken sausage links (I used spicy Italian from Trader Joe’s)
1 lemon
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Lemon pepper (I have the grinder from Trader Joe’s)

What you do:
In a food processor, chop small handfuls at a time of the entire bag of kale. Place finely chopped kale in a bowl ready to combine with other ingredients. The added ingredients are approximated: 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup craisins, 1/4 cup shredded cheese.

Slice chicken sausages into thin coins and cook on the stove until slightly browned, then add to your salad bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix the juice from one lemon with two tablespoons of olive oil and one teaspoon of lemon pepper. Pour into your salad bowl and mix everything thoroughly. This step is important – having each piece of kale coated in lemon dressing disguises the strong kale smell/taste and makes the salad extra delicious.

This salad was a hit with Rob during one of our weekday lunches and will definitely be repeated in our home as a side or on its own. Hope you enjoy, as well! Yay for power foods!

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