Kale Salad with Apples, Red Onion, & Sunflower Seeds & Stopping Time

Dec 16, 2013

First thing’s first – this salad is for kale lovers and haters alike. It takes five minutes to prepare and can be ┬ámeal on its own, made into a messy sandwich, added to an omelet, or served on the side of whatever else you’re having. Plus, it’s pretty and healthy and if you need to feel smug – it’s frugal, too.

The second thing is that try as I might, I cannot stop time. Stupid time, making my youngest unable to button his size 6 jeans and outgrowing the striped pajamas all four of my kids wore, the cuffs slightly ragged from chewing and a decade of use. Aren’t we caught up in time – the desire for a long, tedious day of whining and exhausting voices and hands pulling at us – and also dreading the end of it because it’s one more day we can’t get back. Sometimes I find myself in bed after a day where issues ranged from small – Daniel freaked out about having to wear sneakers in gym (he is a year-round Crocs guy) – to large (those bullying prevention plans don’t always work at school) – it is easy for me to just sink into the sheets and turn out the light.

But I don’t. Not right away. Starting when the kids were all very small (in their striped pajamas), I would tuck them in and when I got into bed, I’d look at the photo on my bedside table. It’s a 4-frame, with each of them in their own little oval. ┬áJust for a few seconds, I look at each picture and try and remember the good parts of the day, moments I want to hold onto when their hands are no longer in mine.

It isn’t easy to stop or delay time, but I can drag my feet through it.

Kale Salad with Apples, Red Onion, & Sunflower Seeds

1 bunch kale, washed, dried, stems removed (use baby kale if you like and don't bother chopping)

1 Granny Smith apple, finely diced

1/2 red onion, finely diced

4 oz Feta cheese

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

2 1/2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

salt and pepper

handful golden raisins (optional)

Chop kale into fine bits (you roll the leaves before cutting and make ribbons that way). Put into large bowl. Add the apple and onion. Chop or crumble the Feta into very small bits (rather than traditional crumbles, you want it quite broken up). Add Feta and sunflower seeds to bowl and raisins if using. In small dish mix olive oil, lemon juice, and a few grinds of fresh pepper and salt. Pour over salad and toss well.