Clearly I’ve been MIA for the last month. I swear it’s not because I don’t love you. I do. And I definitely still love food. What I don’t love is the lack of time going on in my life right now.

The more honest truth is that I’m often in places where veg-friendly food is difficult to find, and I’m becoming more flexible with what I call a meal: French fries and salads, sure why not? Pizza sans cheese. Yep. A soy latte with a side of espresso? Ok.

I realize this isn’t the picture of healthy living, and I’m not telling you about this because I’m proud. It’s just the truth, and we all know how much I love that.

Let me paint you a picture: I’m often so busy that 4:30 pm rolls around and I realize I haven’t yet made it to the store for kale and other veggies. By that point I can’t even imagine chopping, blending or massaging. I want simple. I want salad thrown into a cardboard box. See what I mean about turning into one of those people I used to judge.

Now I get the appeal of pre-made food.

This week, however, my craving for kale was intense, and it had to be quenched, no matter how much I didn’t want t0 haul a&# to Whole Foods. In lieu of a complicated raw salad with a nut-based dressing and a million toppings, I just wanted something easy, something green, something simple. You just chop, rip, and massage.

Green Salad

Something Easy & Green Salad

(serves 1)

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 head of dinosaur kale, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 T capers, drained
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dulse strips (the dried kind; they’ll soften up when mixed with the dressing)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or any other nut, chopped
  • Optional: sun-dried tomatoes, olives, carrots, sprouts, corn, beets etc.

Dressing: make your own favorite lemony dressing; mine was a combination of hemp oil, dulse flakes, lemon juice, and miso blended in the Vita-Mix for a few seconds.

How to: Place the kale and the dulse into a big bowl. Pour desired amount of dressing over the veggies and massage with your hands until well-coated and softened. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Mix in other ingredients.

Green Kale Salad

And there you have you have it. Easy. Minimal mess. No fuss. Much better than fries and a soy latte.

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