I say it time and time again and it never stops ringing true – It is the little things in life. I truly believe it is the little things in life that bring me happiness, whether it is an unexpected postcard in the mail or arriving home to a delicious dinner on the table or finding a special ingredient (as is often the case in Germany!). It seems quite silly really when thinking about the happiness that finding some random ingredient I have been searching out in Germany brings me. I should stop expecting to ever have a grocery store near what was in the US, but I still ever hopefully seek out ingredients that I would easily find in the US. For example, a couple of months ago I had a craving to make this killer kale salad I had before in a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. So I first of all looked up the German word for kale – Grünkohl – and then set off to the local corner vegetable stand in search of kale. When I asked if they had it, the lady looked at me a little funny and then said not at this time of year. That was that. My hopes of a kale salad were over and it soon left my head.
Just last week, I saw a big bag of curly kale sitting next to a bag of a baby spinach (another one of my favorite sometimes hard to find greens here)! My heart skipped a beat and immediately the plans of that delicious kale salad were right back in my head! So what was for dinner that night? You bet kale salad! And it turned out just as delicious as I remembered it. I was doubtful that I could find the recipe for the dressing online for the salad that I had at Green in San Antonio. But luck would have it and the recipe was posted here ====. I took the dressing from this recipe and added some my own toppings. I find that the salad tastes best when I prepare the dressing, pore on salad and then let it sit for a short while before eating. I then added in a handful of cranberries and handful of salad seed mixture I had on hand containing pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. I think walnuts would also be nice. Then finally I added in some fresh orange chunks. I sometimes eat this as a side or add some boiled eggs to it as a main meal for lunch or dinner.
Kale Salad with Orange and Cranberries
Handful of cranberries
Handful of seed mixture (pumpkin and sunflower seeds) or any nut of choice, such as walnuts
1 peeled and cut up orange
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 clove chopped garlic
dash red pepper flakes (more or less to suit your taste buds)
Whisk dressing ingredients together. Combine salad ingredients. Then pour dressing over and mix. I find that the salad tastes best if you let it sit for a little while after mixing the dressing in. The kale gets a better and more edible texture. Enjoy!