SALAD!! Salad salad salad.

When I look at the word long enough I lose recognition of it being attached to salad-the-thing and then it starts to creep me out. Similar to when I stare at someone’s face for too long then everything on the face quickly looks alien and scary. You too?? IT’S A THING. The dissociative-word thing is orthographic incredulity, a “phenomenon in which repetition (or staring at it too long) causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning.” I found this in my extensive research, which involved clicking on the first link listed on a poorly executed Google search. Yay useless information.

In relation to my hobby of face-staring, there was this study that made me laugh. 50% of these things are experiences I’ve coped with when staring at Dan’s face for too long. He probably doesn’t know I do this but he will now!

The participants in the eye-staring group said they’d had a compelling experience unlike anything they’d felt before…On the strange-face questionnaire, 90 per cent of the eye-staring group agreed that they’d seen some deformed facial traits, 75 per cent said they’d seen a monster, 50 per cent said they saw aspects of their own face in their partner’s face, and 15 per cent said they’d seen a relative’s face.

It goes on to say that “staring into another person’s eyes might be the most effective dissociation-inducing exercise yet.”

Ok, tangent complete, back to the Asian Chopped Salad recipe you desperately came here for.

Asian chopped salad

I tried this new dressing and it is delicious. In my effort to eat more vegetables, I thought it would go well on the retro-ness of a massaged kale salad. Kale seems to be waning in the trendy super-food sphere. Now it’s Kalettes and tater tots. I added in a few other things I like in salads. Hearty pumpkin seeds and edamame! Crunchy cabbage and carrots! And the sweetness of dried cranberries. You can add or subtract the add-ins however you like.

Also, if you want to make your own dressing this one looks pretty good.

Asian Chopped Salad

Asian Chopped Salad

Asian Chopped Salad

Asian Chopped Salad

Asian Chopped Kale Salad

 

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Asian Chopped Salad with Kale, Edamame, and Avocado
This colorful salad is a delicious light-but-satisfying meal. It's full of crispy, fresh vegetables, protein-filled edamame and pumpkin seeds, and is topped with a tangy, slightly sweet Asian dressing.
Asian Chopped Kale Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
large salad
Ingredients
Massaged Kale Salad
  • 1/2 bunch kale (80 g) Lacinato or curly
  • 1 tsp olive oil (5 g) or canola oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (15 g)
  • 1 pinch Salt
Toppings
  • 1 small carrot (30 g)
  • 1/4 cup shredded green or purple cabbage (30 g)
  • 1/8 small red onion (20 g)
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 2 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1-2 tbsp Asian dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
large salad
Ingredients
Massaged Kale Salad
  • 1/2 bunch kale (80 g) Lacinato or curly
  • 1 tsp olive oil (5 g) or canola oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (15 g)
  • 1 pinch Salt
Toppings
  • 1 small carrot (30 g)
  • 1/4 cup shredded green or purple cabbage (30 g)
  • 1/8 small red onion (20 g)
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/4 cup frozen edamame, thawed
  • 2 tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1-2 tbsp Asian dressing
Asian Chopped Kale Salad
Instructions
  1. Remove the tough ribs from the kale and discard them. You can do this by either cutting them out or ripping them away (my preference).
  2. Chop or rip the kale leaves into small, bite-sized pieces and transfer them to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the kale with the olive oil, lemon juice, and pinch of salt. Massage the kale by scrunching up the leaves in your hands and releasing until the kale is softened and a darker green.
  3. Shred the carrot and cabbage using a grater or precariously with a knife. Thinly slice the onion. Dice the avocado. Add these and the rest of the ingredients (pumpkin seeds, cranberries, dressing) to the mixing bowl.
  4. Toss all of the ingredients together and serve!
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