Summertime is stone fruit season, which means that there is nothing better than fresh, juicy apricots! This Crunchy Kale Apricot Salad by my friend Erin O’Brien is the perfect way to enjoy the delicious produce that this season has to offer. It’s loaded with sweet dates, tangy parmesan cheese, and, of course, crunchy kale, for a flavor that is truly unbeatable!
If there is one thing in this world that is better than an absolutely PERFECT kale salad, it’s a crunchy kale salad!
But I can’t take credit for this recipe. This recipe was created by my good friend, Erin O’Brien! Erin and I met last year at an event at one our favorite wineries, Daou Vineyards, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. I had been following Erin on Instagram for a long time, so I have to admit, I was a bit starstruck when I got to see her in person (yes, I, too, get starstruck when I see my favorite creators!).
If you aren’t following Erin on Instagram, you definitely should be. She shares a variety of content – a wonderful blend of lifestyle, home decor, travel, and of course, recipes. Just like mine, her recipes are simple, but full of flavor.
When Erin posted this Crunchy Kale Apricot Salad, I knew I had to make it immediately, because I am, in fact, the kale JUNKIE. And let me tell you, it is the perfect summer salad, with a balance of sweet and savory flavors, and a great way to enjoy apricots!
This salad comes together with just a few wonderful ingredients, and is bursting with delicious flavors! Trust me when I say that you will absolutely love it.
Since my name is Kalejunkie, I hear so often from people that they wish they could like kale, but they just can’t get themselves to like it. And if that’s you, then trust me when I say that understand! On its own, kale can be rather bland, and sometimes hard to digest. And that is why the trick to making your kale perfect every time is to massage it!
This step is so easy, and truly makes your kale taste so much better. To massage it, simply start by removing the stems and chopping the kale into your desired size. Next, rinse it thoroughly, then place it in a bowl. Finally, add about a teaspoon or so of sea salt to the kale, and use your hands to massage it into the leaves, until they start to soften. This should only take about a minute or two!
And no, I promise it does NOT make the kale too salty!
By manually massaging it, you’re helping to break up some of the tough fibers, making it softer and easier for your body to digest!
Making this salad could not be any easier! Simply start by preparing your kale according to the directions above. It’s one extra minute that makes all of the difference!
Next, add the rest of your salad ingredients to the bowl and toss to combine them.
Once your salad is prepared, prepare the dressing. Add all of your dressing ingredients to a separate, small bowl and whisk them together, until your dressing is fully formed. Then, pour the dressing over the salad and toss once again, until the salad is fully coated in the dressing.
Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Enjoy!
If you make this recipe, please be sure to leave a review and rating below! And, since I practically live on Instagram, be sure to tag me and Erin in your creations so that I can repost them! xx
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