Since we’ve been so busy lately moving between houses, a self-imposed easiest dinners ever diet of hot dogs, burgers and brats seemed like a good idea for a few weeks. But because our old house just hit the market finally, the amount of stuff that we can move has started to dwindle, as we need to leave the old house “staged” for prospective buyers.
So instead of spending every evening packing boxes and moving until we fall into bed exhausted, we’re starting to get some free time back again. And with that, comes the ability to make a dinner that isn’t served on a paper plate and devoured as quickly as possible between trips between houses.
After weeks of grilled meats sandwiched between buns, I was craving a big fresh salad. I started with a base of Earthbound Farm Kale Italia, which is a versatile mix of baby kale, tangy mizuna, arugula and radicchio. Earthbound Farm greens are a constant in my weekly shopping cart, because I know I can rely on the brand to deliver the best quality greens available, and Kale Italia is no different. I’ll be using it to add bright color and complex flavor to a wide array of recipes like pastas, pizzas and risottos.
I lightly chopped the Kale Italia blend and tossed it with a homemade pesto ranch dressing. One taste of this dressing and you’ll be hooked, I guarantee it. Not only is it perfect for salads like this, but it’s awesome spread on a sandwich or used as a dip, too! I loaded up my salad bowl with lots of fresh, vibrant toppings like avocado, small balls of mozzarella cheese, fresh cherries, sliced red onion, cooked farro, grilled chicken and pine nuts. This Chicken & Cherry Chopped Kale Salad was everything I was looking for in a summer dinner, and then some!
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