Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad

Did I tell you my high school reunion is in June? It's been 10 years already. And what a 10 years it has been! Lots of life has happened between then and now. College, jobs, marriages, some people have had babies - multiple babies!

Honestly, at first, I really didn't want to go to this thing. Then somehow, that turned into me being on the planning committee. What?! I know! Seriously though, if I am going to this thing, I am at least going to have a say in how its done.

To tell you the truth, I don't think people really care about reunions any more. I mean, with Facebook and all people feel like they already know what's going on in each other's lives, that's the vibe I am getting at least. I kinda feel the same way. But as it gets closer, I have to admit, I am getting pretty excited. There are some people I haven't seen in so long and Facebook just doesn't compare to hugs and laughs and reminiscing in person. Plus, this reunion makes a really good excuse to book a plane ticket to Florida and drink catch up with everyone. I'll get to go to the (warm) beach (ek, that means a bathing suit) and go to Publix for a Pub Sub! I really can't wait for that...oh, and sweet tea!

So right now, I am preparing. Like I said, I haven't seen some people in years, so I gotta look my best. I'm a girl - we think about these things. I am doing my best to not let my exercising slack. And I'm eating salads. Lots of salads. I mean, I gotta look good for this shin dig. Plus, I haven't posted shared a salad recipe in a while. Or talked about kale in at least 6 weeks. It's overdue.

This salad is perfect for this time of year. Fresh kale and juicy strawberries. And avocado. Of course, avocado. The dressing is so simple you should everything you need right in your kitchen.

Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad
Serves 1
1 healthy handful of dino kale
1/4 cup of fresh chopped strawberries
2 teaspoons of crumbled goat cheese
2 tablespoons of chickpeas
1 tablespoon toasted/roasted sunflower seeds*
1/4 of an avocado to top

For the dressing:
The juice from 1 lemon
drizzle of honey (about 1/2 teaspoon - adjust to your taste)
1 teaspoon olive oil

Wash and de-stem your kale and tear into bit size pieces. Place kale in a bowl and squeeze lemon juice on top, drizzle honey, and pour the olive oil over it all. Massage the kale with your hands so it is evenly coated. Add the strawberries, chickpeas, and sunflower seeds and mix it all together. Top with the goat cheese and avocado. Season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and enjoy!

*If you only have raw sunflower seeds, you can easily roast them in a shallow pan on the stove top. Simple add you desired amount and cook over medium heat for about 5-8 minutes. Watch carefully and stir often. They can burn fast.

Ugh, I can't believe I am going to have to get into a bathing suit in 5 weeks. I may have nightmares about this...



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