Power Green Salad . Kale, Lentils, Apple

It was funny how similar in sentiment Hugh and my Valentine's cards were. They essentially said "I don't know how the hell we are going to pull all of this off, but I have you, and that's the only reason I believe we're capable and I won't die in the next few months." We get the keys to our house tomorrow and it's safe to say both of us are equal parts scared and excited. This apartment, my first home with Hugh, is tough to leave. I'll miss the excessive pantry space here and my favorite routine beach walk. There are quirks here that in their own weird way contribute to it feeling known and ours - like all the stray cats that hang out in the front area, especially when they're mating (it's true, we call it the cat brothel, you've never seen anything like it), or the little old lady whose kitchen window looks right into ours who I try to not make eye contact with while I am eating something standing over the sink. We made our first book here and I showed Hugh my long awaited positive pregnancy test on those front steps. I just wrangled down the Christmas lights we've had framing our front door since our first month here, which we intentionally left up year round because every once in a while it was nice to come home to a sparkly welcome. The ice cream truck that consistently makes a neighborhood round at about 6pm. I assume it's his second job with those hours. They aren't exactly prime time for street-side ice cream purchases. I wish I had bought something from him just to show support. We built a life here and established roots in our first few years of marriage. I know this home well and in the throws of change, it makes leaving the familiar that much harder. We are on to new pages of another chapter, and moving forward offers its own set of rewards I'm looking forward to knowing. My thoughtful friend posted this quote on her blog and I love it, I keep going back to it. I am a lady who likes a plan, a substantial nest egg and having a general grasp on what to expect. They're bad habits, really, when you hold on to them too tight. I think there will be some sort of freedom from releasing those safeties as this settles into my bones. 

"We think the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, room for relief, for misery, for joy." - Pema Chodron

Because this week will mostly be between places, moving and cleaning and painting and such, I tried to stock the fridge with foods that can be assembled in five minutes. Sandwich goods, granola bars, cut fruit and veggies and a salad like this one that will hold up well for a few days of quick meals. It's crunchy and filling, and while simple, is just the thing I need on hand right now. It takes about 7 minutes to put together and maybe that is the sort of time frame you're cooking in these days, as well.

It may be a little snoozy around here for the next couple weeks as we get things up and running in a new kitchen but we're excited to emerge on the other side. Until then.

Power Green Salad . Kale, Lentils, Apple


Inspired by An Edible Mosaic

This salad is pretty crunchy. I'm still eating from the bowl on day three and don't find it soggy at all. That said, it would be great for a plane ride or delivering to a new mom/sick friend etc. It's a sturdy one. I added parmesan because it holds up, but feta or goat cheese will work here too. It's pretty simple, change as you wish.

  • 3 cups ribbed and chopped kale
  • handful of chopped parsley
  • 1 cup cooked black lentils
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • half an english cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pepitas
  • 1 cup shaved parmesan
  • dressing
  • one clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seed oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Power Green Salad . Kale, Lentils, Apple

In a large salad bowl, combine the kale, parsley, lentils, apples, cucumber, pepitas and parmesan.

For the dressing, blitz everything in a food processor or blender, with salt and pepper to taste, until the garlic is smooth.

Pour the dressing on the salad and toss well to coat. Garnish with more parmesan if you wish. The salad will keep in the fridge for a full day and slowly loose it's crunch from there.

Reader Comments (74)

A tasty lunch option by the looks!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterthecitygourmand

Good luck with the move guys! I felt a similar mix of emotions when we moved from our first home together last year. Now, with the benefit of time and space, I know that the new memories we're creating are just as precious as the old ones. Here's to many power salads to get you through the next few weeks!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

Moving house - so very exciting and so very daunting. Good luck with the move - and very much looking forward to seeing all the goodies that come out of your new kitchen.
This salad looks scrumptious, by the way - love the apple, cucumber, lentil combination. Have pinned it to my 'Perfect Salad' board. Always looking for interesting salad combinations...

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSkye

love this! I invite you to share at my blog hop today. Hugs!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkatherines corner

This sounds so tasty - talk about the perfect "body reset" food!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Wishing you all the best of luck with the move!!!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

How exciting (and a little hard) but more exciting!! I hope the move goes smoothly. Can't wait to see more posts from you new space.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteph Lepak

good luck with the move..

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdixya

Wow this looks fantastic!! Can't wait to try this recipe.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKarishma

Congrats on the house! So exciting. Best of luck on the move. I'm sure you'll feel settled in no time.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Moving is always bittersweet … but the excitement of the new memories usually cancels out a lot of the bitter. Best of luck to you two (soon to be three) in your new home! x

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

sendig you tons of blessings and love during this time of transition. may you find moments of peace. i'm so proud of you guys for embracing the unknown, and as always, am grateful for the light you add you this world. xo

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchloe

Keys!!! And why did I not know about the cat brothel. I'm glad Ivy wasn't around to witness that. Congratulations on it all and thanks for all the lovely sentiments. We love your little apartment and how you always welcomed us with open arms and a kitchen full of food. Looking forward to meeting the new place. So much love from the Rodrigui.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've been having the same thoughts about our place. I'm so excited to move - to be able to paint walls and create holes and tear out countertops without having to ask management. But at the same time, I still can't imagine leaving our rental. Hope you two get settled in quickly and I can't wait to see what you do with the new place. XX

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAshlae

<3 <3

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkels

mmm... i love lentils in a salad

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

Simple meals like this are my favorite!

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Looks awesome! I haven't tried apple and kale together before but will be now :)

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJem

Oh Sarah, you dear soul,

You're lodged in my thoughts, these days, as you make this move, and navigate this wider, wilder, woolier, thrilling journey. Good doesn't always mean easy, does it? Darn that. I think we need to file an appeal.

Here's to keeping a nose above water during the crazy (fun) chaos of moving, and all that follows. Noses above water mean eyes above water, and eyes get to spot the twinkles and sparks. (Although underwater has its own rugged beauty, lest we forget).



February 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Congrats! And I'd never had pumpkin seed oil until a trip to Austria last fall and I can see how it'd be perfect for this dish.

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy

Just wanted to let you know that your site is one that i consider a little "escape" in my day… so many of your recipes have been a hit in our household…eating clean has been such a positive change for us and our kids and delicious recipes are one of the reasons why! Wishing you all the best with your move. it's bittersweet moving away from a loved home but exciting all at once!
Laurel :)

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel

I wish you all the best on this new chapter of life you're starting to write together. Yes, you've had wonderful moments at your old home but think of all the exciting things that you'll experience in your new place! Whoa! I'll make this salad next week as it's going to be a week of train rides, long days, and hurry. It will be the perfect treat to calm my mind in the middle of all the hustle.

February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSini | my blue&white kitchen

That quote is perfect. I can totally relate to your sentiments—no baby here—but I just moved, and I was so impatient to get it done with and settled already. It has been quite a process, but worth it, as I'm sure you'll feel once you're settled into your family's new home! Hope you're feeling well, Sara. Can't wait to see pictures of the little one.

February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

This salad. Seriously good. And perfect timing since l've been so in love with those little du Puy lentils lately. Please remind me why I ever used store-bought salad dressing when it's so simple to whip up a great one at home. Thanks to you, I now go through lemons like it's nobody's business. Thanks for this one :)

Wishing you and yours all the best with the move! Hope your new place feels like home in no time.

February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaley

A healthy, nourishing meal for the big change ahead. My whole life I've moved around but I understand how hard it can be to leave a place that you've grown with as a couple, a place that you love. But like you've realised, change can be a wonderful thing, better than you can possibly imagine until well after it's happened. Good luck with the move, but I'm sure you won't need it. :)

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)

Totally drooling over this salad. It's so nice when it's so easy to be healthy! Chop. Combine. Eat. Perfect!!

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

this looks SO delicious. hopefully i'll have recipes similar to this on my blog soon!

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfelicityleigh

Love the sentiment here, Sara. Best of luck to you two on the move---ack, it can be stressful--and best of happiness settling into the new nest. Cheers to you both--S

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

What a refreshing recipe. I'm used to eating kale simply cooked with a little garlic clove but this looks so much more nutritious and fun.

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercaridad

Congratulations! On the house and - everything else, you exciting, busy, intelligent, talented lady!

p.s. Just wanted to add that I've read your blog faithfully since 2009 and yet never commented.

February 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoyti

This is so up my street. Definitely giving this a try this week. Thank you!
Please check my attempts on making baking healthy on my blog

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKsenija

Congratulations on the new chapter in your lives. And I just have to add, I LOVE your blog. Can not get enough of it.

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathy @ Olives & Garlic

@Joyti - well thank you and welcome to the party :)

February 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterSara

Good luck with the move, lady! I cannot wait to see pictures of your new kitchen (!!!) xo

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

Good luck with moving into a new place! This salad looks so good that I bet moving in will be much easier when you can sit down and enjoy this.

February 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Love this salad. Used red lentils + feta + already chopped kale to make it even quicker. Diiiiiivine. It's actually sitting in my schoolbag as I type this, waiting to be eaten. Thanks for these simple, no-fuss, absolutely tasty green recipes. <3

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlana

This was so good, we are incorporating it into our weekly routine. I added avocado and it worked out nicely. Thank you for your blog, I visit every day.

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I am new to your blog and stumbled upon this salad recipe. Made it yesterday and it is gone....It is AMAZING and I will be making another batch tomorrow. Might throw in some fresh mint? Love the easy and healthy recipes; you have a new follower!! Thanks and all the best with your move :)

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKAM

Ah, you're always a favorite to visit! This is perfect - just what I have in the fridge while waiting on payday ;). SK is so consistent in sharing fresh and innovative ideas that make me eager to get to the kitchen.

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Kale, black lentils & pepitas - 3 of my favorite things. This salad looks so good!

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNell Foster

Wow! This looks so good and clean! I really want to try this. I recently fell in love with kale, and the fact that you added lentils and an apple is so cool! This probably tasted so amazing. Thanks so much for sharing! -

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle @ TheCharmitSpot

It's tough being in-between places, but the beauty of it is it gives you perspective of all the memories you have made. Having moved more times than I can count, I can relate to this, and I wish you all the best. Also, this green salad looks amazing! I can't wait to try it!

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTess @ Tips Healthy Living

Ooh! I've gotten a little overzealous with my love of TJ's Cruciferous Crunch mix in the past couple weeks, and now have two bags too many. This is the perfect way to use them up! Totally doing it. And I love reading about your amazing progress--I am so excited for all these scary-great life changes you're taking on! xxoo

February 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShauna

Made this the other day and it is delicious!! So fresh and so clean :) Making it again for a pot luck tonight but I am going to try it with shredded Brussels sprouts in place of the kale. Love your recipes!!

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

Thank you for the post. I will most certainly be adding this to my recipes. I am a marathon runner who is trying to work to improve my diet. My wife eats 100% organic foods and know for me to get better at my sport eating foods such as power green salad are going to have to be more on my diet plans that just eating regular pasta and pizza all of the time. Have book marked your site and will be coming back to visit.

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

Oh my gosh, I am eating this salad right now for the third day in a row and it is amazing! I added some hardboiled eggs for extra protein. I might try doing garbanzos and pomegranate next time, but I can see this becoming a staple salad for me. Thanks so much!

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarisa

Mmmm.. love leafy kale salads with lentils. Good luck on the move, you guys! xo

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKiran @

Had this for lunch today. Such a great salad!

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSini | my blue&white kitchen

The 7-minute power green salad. I personally, almost always want to have lettuce in my green salads., but yours look like it’s so easy to put together, I’d try it and see if some lettuce enhances it

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Looks delicious, I love kale anything.

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterShe

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