It’s really starting to warm up here in LA. Is anyone surprised? I’m actually a little shocked by just how warm it’s getting this early in the year. It’s supposed to hit 90 today, and this beach town doesn’t usually see temperatures above 80 degrees. Cancel the hot dinner plans, we’re eating salad.
Andrew and I came across this rather large leek at our local farmers’ market last weekend. I have never seen a leek so big.
I was starting to run out of ideas in terms of what to do with the thing. I know a lot of people use leeks in soup, but it’s a little too warm for that. We’ve slow roasted some of it and made a nice risotto, but I’m more than ready to polish the rest of it off with a big, hearty salad.
Avocado Kale Salad with Leeks, Cranberries, & Hazelnuts
1 bunch lacinato kale
1 medium leek (or about a third of a jumbo leek)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup crushed hazelnuts
1/4 avocado, cubed
Any oil-based salad dressing will work well, but I’m partial to this one.
Wash, dry, and thinly slice both the kale and leek. Combine with the cranberries, hazelnuts, and avocado. Toss with the dressing and allow to marinate for at least one hour, up to overnight.
I have a bone to pick with Pinterest… I was perusing the P yesterday for workout ideas, as I often do, and I came across this workout:
At first glance it looks fine, eye-catching even, with an easy to remember number scheme. But then I started thinking about how difficult it would be and how long it would take for most people to do 100 real, full out squats with proper form (myself included). And 90 walking lunges is a bit over the top, as well. Not to mention the fact that this pinner recommends completing the circuit 2 to 3 times.
Currently, there’s no such thing as Pinterest Police so please be careful, my friends, when attempting workouts that you find online. And this goes for the ones that I post, too! I probably don’t always do a good enough job of drawing attention to my disclaimer, but you should always check with your physician before starting a new exercise program and pay close attention to proper form when attempting exercises that are new to you. Most importantly, listen to your body and do what feels right for you.
With all of that said, here is a modified version of the workout that I managed to complete in about 20 minutes. If you’re feeling up to it, give it a try. Or not. You do you!
Question: Do you ever cook with leeks? What’s your favorite way to prepare them?