The holidays are upon us people and you all know what that means…. it’s party season! Now I don’t know about you, but I’m always down for a good party – especially if it’s at my house…and I’m providing all the food… and I can still be in bed by ten. Buttt seeing as how all the above rarely happens these days, I’ve been finding it harder and harder to say yes to said outings.
- Because let’s face it, my house is just not big enough to house more than maybe 7 people – so hosting the party is definitely out.
- Apparently my body just does NOT want to stay up past 9-9:30 at the very latest anymore because I’m a 70 year old trapped in a 20 something’s body.
- I can never decide on what food item to bring.
See, here’s my logic, if I’m the one providing all the food then I can make as many things as I want, both tried and true recipes and some new ones that I’ve been wanting to test out too. But when someone else is throwing the party and I’m only in charge of a “side dish”, suddenly it’s like my mind goes into full on panic mode and I start second guessing EVERYTHING. I find myself thinking, “Should I try something new?”, “But what if it doesn’t turn out right?”, “I’ll just go with an old family recipe then…”, “But what if no one likes my great grandma’s famous candied sweet potatoes?! Then her name will be ruined and my reputation will be ruined and no one will ever trust my recipes again!” ……Well that escalated quickly… You get my point though. Holiday parties can be stressful!
Thankfully, I’ve finally found a dish that’s perfect for just about any occasion and requires minimal ingredients and effort on your part. (Meaning that you can put it all together the day before, so that the day of the party you can focus on more important things- like what the hell you’re going to wear and what jewelry won’t clash with your shoes.)
I know you’ll love this citrus and pomegranate kale salad just as much as I do!
Citrus and Pomegranate Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- 1 bundle kale
- 5-6 clementine oranges (I usually buy Halo or Cuties)
- 1/2 -3/4 cup pomegranate arils
- Goat cheese
- 1 handful toasted pepitas
- 2 lemons, juiced (plus a little extra for massaging the kale)
- 4 tsp honey
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Cracked black pepper
- Chop kale and massage with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice.
- To make the lemon vinaigrette, combine the juice from 2 lemons, 4 tsps of honey, a splash of olive oil and 3-4 cracks of black pepper in a small bowl. Whisk to fully combine.
- Peel the clementines into sections. Top massaged kale with clementine sections, pomegranates, goat cheese and toasted pepitas. Toss with lemon vinaigrette