Najma’s Blackberry Kale Salad

One of the coolest things about 2013 is that I have been blessed with awesome coworkers. Of course everyone has all the virtues of a good coworker-friendly, punctual, and hardworking- but another perk is that we have a ton in common. Our lengthy discussions range from contemporary fiction to social justice to thrifting, and they always inspire me to think about things in a new light.

blackberry kale salad

One of the best things we have in common is a love of food. Though our diets are very different, from vegan to Paleo to standard fare, we all enjoy cooking and sharing plates heaped with delicious culinary experiments. We have planned a few staff potlucks this year, and I’m always excited to see what everyone will bring. This salad is my coworker Najma’s creation–she is known for elaborate kale salads, and this one does not disappoint. The sweetness of juicy blackberries contrasts with crisp kale, highlighted by tart lemon juice, for a simple salad that will satisfy a wide range of palates.

Najma’s Blackberry Kale Salad – Serves 4-6
Prep time: 5 minutes

10 ounces or two bunches chopped kale, thick stems removed
4 ounces blackberries
1 avocado, sliced and halved
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
black pepper
optional (omit for Whole30): 1/4 cup vegan mozzarella cheese

In a large bowl, toss kale, blackberries, and avocado with olive oil and lemon juice. Top with freshly ground black pepper. Enjoy!

About Humble Foodie

While we both love to eat well, life as AmeriCorps volunteers doesn’t afford us the budget to try every new restaurant and type of cuisine. With many post-graduate expenses and limited financial resources, what’s a foodie to do? The answer is here, at The Humble Foodie. Instead of spending our hard-earned cash paying other people to cook for us, we’re spending as frugally as possible making delicious meals at home.
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4 Responses to Najma’s Blackberry Kale Salad

  1. Love the combination of flavors here — would have never thought to do blackberries with this but it really sounds good!

  2. This looks and sounds delicious!! I love salad with strawberries and have recently thought about experimenting with blueberries. But I never would have thought about combining blackberries with kale and avocado…yum!

    • Alicia says:

      Thanks Megan! Yes, I loved Najma’s idea. I like strawberries too, but the blackberries are so juicy that they really added a pop even though the salad is very lightly dressed.

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