It’s been crazy hot in the Carolinas these past few days. With three days in a row of temperatures in the 90s, salad is pretty much the only thing that sounds good to me right now. Isn’t it funny how your body instinctively craves lighter / healthier food when the temperatures call for less clothing?
When I come up with a new salad, it’s usually inspired by whatever we have on hand (see my Waste Not, Want Not post…). With several boxes of berries in the produce drawer, I came up with this kale salad which is the perfect antidote to the blazing hot temps. Seriously, with so many of my favorite ingredients in it, I think I’ll be eating this salad all summer long!


6 cups of finely chopped kale
3 cups of chopped romaine
1 pint of raspberries
1 pint of blueberries
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
1 avocado
1/2 cup walnuts
3/4 cup feta cheese
Poppyseed Dressing (store-bought poppy seed dressing would be perfectly fine as well!)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp poppy seeds
1/3 cup sugar


Chop strawberries and avocado into bite-sized pieces. Chop lettuce/kale into thin strips.


Whisk together dressing ingredients. Toss lettuce and kale with 1/2-3/4 of dressing and put onto serving dishes. Arrange fruit and avocado (wait, is an avocado a fruit?), walnuts and feta on top, similar to how a cobb salad would be served. Drizzle remaining dressing on top.


Pour yourself a tall glass of lemonade, sit in the sun and enjoy this light and fresh salad!