A copycat of one of my favorite restaurant meals, this Tuscan Kale Salad is so easy and delicious it will soon be making a regular appearance in your kitchen!
I hope your weekend was great. Mine was, well…HOT. Other than that things were low key around here. After road tripping to Tucson last weekend, I was more than happy to be home for an entire weekend. I feel like when I’m gone over a weekend I always have so much catching up to do when I get home. I’m not sure how that’s possible. I mean I used travel weekly as a consultant. Somehow I feel like my life was more organized when I traveled than it is now. I was talking to someone the other day about how so much of my time is wasted sitting in traffic during the week that by the time I do get home from work I only have an hour or two before it’s bed time and the whole thing starts all over again. Every day is groundhog day. I don’t get it. I’m a very organized person.
My plethora of injuries have slowed me down and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. I mentioned a few weeks ago the heel of my good foot has been hurting since Munich. According to the orthopedic, all the walking we did there was too much for my fragile body. I should have mentioned to him how I opted out of a beer garden one night because the person taking us ended up taking us on a scavenger hunt across the city because he couldn’t decide where to take us. I eventually left the group because it was too much for me. No one in the group was even concerned that something may have been wrong and left me alone to take the train back to the hotel.
Also according to the orthopedic I have plantar fasciitis.. Now I’ve never had plantar fasciitis before so I’m not really sure what it’s supposed to feel like. It seems odd to me it would be going on this long, since April and be this painful. When I got back from Germany, it was fine for weeks then in May it came back. These last 3 weeks it’s been really bad. It feels like the back of my heel is about to rip off. Usually the pain is worse in the morning. I have to stretch excessively to calm it down. Then if I sit too long it tightens again. The pain has been so bad these last weeks I’ve had to wear my boot on and off to tame it. I can’t wear the boot too long though because my right leg is still too weak from last year’s injuries to carry the weight of my body. As a result, the pain and stiffness has come back in my right leg. I’m in pain all around and the only relief I get is working out. I’m not sure if this is just plantar fasciitis or something else about to rear it’s ugly head.
All I know is I’m about to lose my mind. After two stress fractures last year, I can’t take anymore. I want to get up in the morning and not have to deal with this anymore. I want to run again and feel like myself. Tomorrow I’m seeing a naturopathic. A friend recommended it may be best for me to see them about my hormone issues. I only hope they will help because no other doctor really has to this point. Later this week I’ll give you more details about what’s happened with my estrogen and the diagnosis I received at Mayo Clinic because that’s an entire post in itself and we would never get to this delicious salad.
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Remember when I said I was gonna recreate this salad? You guys. I cracked the code. Well, it wasn’t really that hard. My version is missing one ingredient that’s in theirs, the bread crumbs. I wanted mine to be a little lighter though so if your heart desires add 1/2 cup bread crumbs to this. I will say though it’s all about the cheese. I knew the recipe had parmesan like cheese in it except it had a sharper flavor. I went to Whole Foods and the nice lady at the counter let me test an assortment of cheese that day until I made the match. The things you do as a blogger! It was fun. Thankfully making the salad was much less complicated than finding the cheese. And eating it? Yeah that was a no brainer!
- 6 cups kale
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup Pecorino Tocscano cheese* (can sub parmesan)
- 2 cloves garlic
- juice of 1 lemon
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper to taste
- Clean, cut & remove kale ribs
- In a small bowl, whisk together oil, lemon juice, garlic, cheese & red pepper flakes
- Pour dressing over kale & toss
- Allow salad & dressing to combine 10 minutes in the refrigerator before enjoying
*Pecorino Toscano cheese is a specialty cheese usually found next to Parmesan
Have you ever had plantar fasciitis? What strange thing have you done for blogging?
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