My Wardrobe Today – Monday

Olive cargo jacketCaslon
White ribbed tank Caslon
Denim pencil skirt Halogen
Leopard pumps – Nine West “Madeup” (no longer available)
Silver and green necklaces – New York & Co (no longer available)
Silver cuff

So I did a little online shopping and these are my two new purchases.What's funny is that this skirt arrived from a store (Nordstrom often fulfills online purchases from stores) and it was on sale for $39.50; however it is not this skirt.  Maybe it's on sale in the stores?  Well I also got a dark pair of cuffed ankle jeans and a couple things from Old Navy that hopefully will work for Bonnaroo (haven't had the time to try it all on!).

Totally not fashion related, but I made the most amazing salad this weekend and wanted to share with you all.  Whether you are on Weight Watchers, love your local farmer's market, or are part of a CSA you are probably trying to figure out ways to enjoy kale.  Oh kale, it's so good for us but so… big and green.  It's easy to get stuck with sauteeing or steaming it, but I wanted to find a way to enjoy it raw so I could get all the healthy benefits of this superfood.  Enter Massaged Kale Salad!

I found the original recipe on the Food Network, but adjusted it to accommodate what we had in our kitchen.  If you have pepitas and mango, check out the original recipe.  If your pantry is more… standard like mine try my version below:

Massaged Kale Salad
Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced (microwave for a couple seconds to get the most juice possible)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • TONS of freshly ground black pepper
  • Two teeny apples slices into sticks (about 1 cup)
  • Small handful of sunflower seeds (about 3 Tbsp)

Directions
In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.

In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice, the cider vinegar with the honey and a ton of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes. (I found I didn't need the whole 1/4 cup of oil; probably used half.)

Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the apples and sunflower seeds. Toss and serve. Then, when your husband has four leftover pieces of bacon from breakfast you can crumble them and toss them into the salad.

This is even better the second day. No bitterness, the kale is really soft and tender, the flavors are pretty awesome together (note I used a heckuvalot of pepper and used a mix of different colored peppercorns so a tad more spicy).  This recipe says it serves four, but there were four of us eating it for dinner last night and there was still enough left for 2-3 more people.  I took a cup of it to work today and there's still plenty left for my husband to eat for lunch.  If you are following Weight Watchers, it's great because it has so little points (I think this serves 6 and if you remove the bacon it's only 3 PointsPlus per serving; make it less with less oil and drop the sunflower seeds!).

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27 Comments

  1. May 26, 2011 / 2:50 pm

    Your jacket, shoes and necklace look so great with your skirt!

  2. Andie325
    May 25, 2011 / 4:56 pm

    I love this combination! Very chic! You could alternately make this a “casual” look simply by wearing some denim bermudas, a cute straw hat/fedora and some cute sandals! 🙂
     

  3. La Petite Marmoset
    May 25, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    This outfit is perfectly styled! The proportions of the jacket are super flattering, you look way slim! And those leopard print shoes are the perfect finishing piece 🙂

    La Petite Marmoset

  4. May 25, 2011 / 1:31 am

    Allie, you look fantastic here.  Seriously beautiful styling, I just love the jacket/skirt/way too fun pumps combo.  And that recipe title is misleading, I  was hoping for a shoulder rub while eating deliciousness or something..  😉

  5. KansasCouture
    May 24, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    I love the cargo jacket paired with leopard. Great look!

  6. mariasolci
    May 24, 2011 / 1:49 pm

    Hi! Love your blog! I sometimes enjoy my kale and other greens in green smoothies. They are so delish and you can only taste the fruit. A good blender is key though.

  7. May 24, 2011 / 1:43 pm

    I think I like this one better; no seaming so it’s more like a true denim pencil skirt!  And thanks! 🙂

  8. May 24, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    You look amazing today, so slim!  And the skirt looks great, even if it isn’t the one your ordered.
    x

  9. May 24, 2011 / 2:46 am

    Leopard and olive are a fab combo!

  10. May 23, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    Wow, can I say that you look like a femme fatale in that outfit?

  11. May 23, 2011 / 9:07 pm

    If you like kale, you should do a google search for kale chips! My ex-husband has been really into them lately and says they’re amazing. I tried them and they’re not bad, but he loves them – you probably would too!

    I have to tell you that I first opened this post and thought that you looked fabulous with that belted jacket and skirt, and then I got to the leopard shoes and about fell out of my chair – LOVE! You look great!

    Come take a look inside A Working Mom’s Closet 

  12. May 23, 2011 / 7:46 pm

     LOVE kale chips!  I’m a Maryland gal so I do them with Old Bay, but it’s a regular snack in our household! 🙂

  13. May 23, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    I really like your outfit!

    Have you ever tried kale chips?  Just remove the stalk and pop the kale into the oven at 350 for about 10-15 till crispy.  I season lightly with olive oil spray and salt or cajun seasoning.  Yum! 

  14. asylumgreen
    May 23, 2011 / 6:48 pm

    I love the jacket! And it looks good with the necklaces.

  15. Reddsmitty
    May 23, 2011 / 4:01 pm

    Thanks for this!  Now I have a new option for my denim pencil skirt.  

  16. kim
    May 23, 2011 / 3:33 pm

     like!

  17. May 23, 2011 / 3:18 pm

     Thanks Vyque! Been needing a new denim pencil skirt for a while, so excited to find one, I had to put it with a great ensemble! 🙂

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