Kale Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds, and Parmesan

Disclaimer: This post was written as a part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.

I’ve seen a lot of articles about the top food trends for 2015 floating around Twitter. They probably say that kale salads are so 2014 (or 2013?), but I don’t care. I love a good kale salad. And I could definitely go for one right now after all those holiday cookies and desserts.

So even if kale is “over”, I’m going to go ahead and post this kale salad with sun dried tomatoes, toasted almonds, and Parmesan recipe anyways – because it’s darn delicious. And it’s sticking to one of my New Year’s resolutions to practice using and improve my skills with my new 50 mm f1.7 lens.

This Kale Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds, and Parmesan is a healthy and delicious vegetarian side dish!

I’m not really one to make hard fast New Year’s resolutions, but there are a few things I’d like to work on this year. Other than photography, I also want to start cooking and baking with a bigger variety of whole grains because I have way too many containers of rarely used grains in my pantry that have been collecting dust for an embarrassingly long time. So if you have any great recipes for buckwheat groats, millet, wheat bran, quinoa flour, or freekeh, please send them my way!

I also want to start doing HIIT (or high intensity interval training) at GoodLife Fitness. Lately I’ve been doing mostly low intensity cardio like walking outdoors or easy cycling on the stationary bike, but I know once I find a job, my time will be more limited, so I will need to start getting more bang for my buck with exercise.

This Kale Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds, and Parmesan is a healthy and delicious vegetarian side dish!

Oh yeah, and speaking of working, I should probably also uhh start doing that. My dream career may not be within my grasp right now, but at this point I just want to find any job within my field to start making an income.

So here’s to 2015: a year to be filled with jobs, whole grains, and kale salads. Even if they are so 2014.

This Kale Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds, and Parmesan is a healthy and delicious vegetarian side dish!

Kale Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds, and Parmesan
 
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An easy and flavourful kale salad with sun dried tomatoes, toasted almonds, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.
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Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 cups loosely packed chopped kale
  • ¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 3-4 tbsp shaved Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small dish, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. If you are using a less sweet balsamic vinegar, you may want to add a touch of maple syrup.
  2. Pour the dressing over the kale and massage with your hands to work the dressing into the leaves, which helps to soften them. You may not need to use all of the dressing.
  3. Top the salad with the almonds, sun dried tomatoes, and Parmesan.

This Kale Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds, and Parmesan is a healthy and delicious vegetarian side dish!

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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23 Responses to Kale Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Almonds, and Parmesan

  1. This looks great! I love parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes together. And the simple vinaigrette is my favorite type of dressing!

  2. Confession: I’ve been holding a grudge against kale for about 5 years after one bad experience with it in a smoothie. Do you think it’s time I gave it another shot? :lol:

    I’m still ironing out my resolutions, but I do know that I want to work on growing my coaching business this year, especially online, and that I want to finally take up running on a more consistent basis.

    • Chelsea

      Haha I think 2015 will be the year you change your relationship with kale! Just don’t put it in any more smoothies. ;)

  3. Love this! The sun dried tomato-almond-parm combo sounds delish!

  4. Kale salad will never go out style ;) this looks awesome!

  5. Kale is not so 2014 at all! I just picked up some kale the other day since I hadnt had it in a while and cooked it with garlic amd grapeseed oil. This salad looks delicious. I love tomatoes and kale amd the sprinkle of parmesan sounds so good. One of my new years resolutions is to eat more protein in my diet and less carbs/cracker type snacks

    • Chelsea

      I love how even kale prepared simply with garlic and oil still tastes amazing! And it’s so versatile too – from salads to stir fries to soups to smoothies. I never get bored with it!

  6. You made me eat kale when it was trending. Remember ages ago when I said one time kale was $8 a bunch? Well it’s so popular now, they grow it everywhere so it’s $3!

    Adding sundried tomatoes may be the best idea to mask the bitter bitter taste.

  7. Any employee would be lucky to have you work for them! :) Can’t have the almonds but I am definitely giving this salad a try tomorrow! I sure hope Kale salads are still ‘in’ in 2015! They will be for me at least…

    • Chelsea

      You should use toasted pine nuts in their place (pine nuts aren’t actually a nut, so I think they should be safe for you?) – they taste amazing with these flavours!

  8. The photos look amazing. That green is popping. :) I think I have a little lens envy?

  9. Sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan were just meant to be together. The kale is an added bonus.

    Happy New Year!

  10. Woo! All the best in 2015 – I hope it’s filled with lots of kale (and maybe more sundried tomatoes?)

    • Chelsea

      I’ve been eating sun dried tomatoes like a mad woman lately! I definitely think I will be posting more recipes with them soon.

  11. Pshh I’m all about the kale…no matter what year it is! I usually prefer my kale cooked but with all these delicious flavours, I’ll happily eat it raw.

    I haven’t thought too much about my goals for 2015 but in terms of fitness, I want to finish the Kayla Itsines 12-week program on a strong note. I’m currently on week 3 and so far so good :)!

    • Chelsea

      How do you cook yours? I occasionally just saute it with oil and shallots or throw it into a veggie stir fry, but I haven’t branched out and tried it too may other ways.

      • I love it sautéed in coconut oil too! Other than that, I tend to make kale chips a lot- just chop up the kale, coat in cooking spray & grill on 180*C for 8-10 minutes. Once cooked I love adding nutritional yeast :)!

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