Kale Salad | Healthy Eating

7 October 2014

Pinning pictures of healthy green salads on Pinterest is usually as far as my healthy eating goes, I never actually make any of those recipes because they have too many ingredients that I just don't have in my kitchen. However, since I have been back at university I have been trying to eat a lot healthier by incorporating more vegetables in my diet and cutting down the chocolate and pizza. It's a common misconception that all university students live on pasta and take out's (which might have been true for my first year, especially the pasta bit) but most of the students I know now are health conscious and can actually cook. There is a crazy amount of fruit and vegetables in the fridge right now, which I share with three other people!
So even though I love pinning healthy food images, they don't inspire me to the extent that I would go out and buy the ingredients etc. I was scrolling through YouTube and I came across a video by Ingrid/Missglamorazzi called Quick & Healthy Breakfast + Lunch Ideas, and she made an amazing kale salad and it looked super tasty and I already had most of the ingredients so I had to try it! I didn't use all of the ingredients from her recipe and added a few of my own but I've linked her video so you can have a look yourself.

What you will need: 
Half a bag of Kale finely chopped
Lemon Vinaigrette (1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of olive oil)
Half of a red onion finely chopped
1 cup of giant couscous
A handful of pine nuts 
Dried cheese/Fresh parmesan 
1 cup of kidney beans 
Salt to taste 

Wash the kale, chop finely then add to a bowl with the chopped red onions. Add the lemon vinaigrette and massage in. 

Bring the giant couscous to boil then simmer for around seven minutes. Leave to cool. 

Toast the pine nuts until a nice golden brown. 

Add cheese and kidney beans.

And voilĂ ! 

This salad can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days and is great on its own as well as with chicken or fish. These images are from the first time I made this salad, but since then I have made it again with a few changes. For example, I chopped the kale and onions finer, didn't add cheese or kidney beans and doubled the amount of couscous. 
Hope you enjoyed this recipe, and let me know if you try it!