Simple Work Lunch: Kale, Walnut and Apple Salad

This Sunday I'm going to share a very quick post for an incredibly easy take to work lunch. If you're looking to have a healthy start to the new working week the today's incredibly simple recipe for a nutritious lunchtime salad might be just what you're looking for. I've been making this for a while now and it's quick, easy and delicious, whether eaten alone or with a little chicken or something extra added.

KALE, WALNUT AND APPLE SALAD

For one portion you will need: 1 Red Apple, 1 Handful Walnuts, 1 Large Handful of Kale, Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, Juice 1/2 Lemon, Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper (I also often add a few spinach leaves if I have them to hand although they will not keep as well in the fridge if making greater quantities of this to last a few days).

Wash and then chop the apple. There's no need to peel as the colour and the extra nutrients in the skin will add greatly to the salad.

Wash the kale and allow it to dry. Now many people will tell you to remove the hard stalk part. I personally don't do this because it doesn't bother me and I enjoy the added crunch but you can if you prefer - it can be a bit tough! Apparently you can also massage the leaves for greater taste. I don't do this but may give it a try the next time I make it to see if it makes a difference.

Chop the walnuts into smaller pieces and heat in a dry frying pan for a few minutes to toast them. Don't let them burn!

Toss everything together, add a decent slug of cider vinegar and olive oil along with the lemon juice (to your preferred taste but the general rule of thumb is one part vinegar to three parts oil). Season will a little sea salt and ground black pepper.

Serve alone or with a little chicken or fish. You can also add any number of additional items that you may have in your cupboard for even more goodness, taste and texture. Sunflower seeds, pomegranate, a little feta cheese would all make great additions.

This salad will keep for a few days in the fridge although the dressing will start to wilt the other components and the apple will brown so I would suggest that you prep as required. It really is so very quick and simple.

Enjoy and have a happy week!

Louise