The Perfect Lemon Kale Avocado Summer Chop Salad

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I know, I know – the salad title is a mouthful.

You know what else is a mouthful? This AMAZING salad. I assure you that if you make it for yourself at home and put it lovingly in a container with a note on it that says, “MINE. Don’t eat.” This will not stop your family members. And I can all but assure you that if you bring this salad to a summer get-together or party, you’ll be returning home with an empty bowl.

Potentially licked clean too.

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What makes it so good? It’s partly picking your vegetables from your own garden, and barring that, getting fresh ones from a great source. We are growing kale like crazy right now and can’t possibly use it for anything less than PERFECT.

Another factor that makes it SO GOOD is the attention to details. And that’s where Hearts of Palm comes in. I have loved Hearts of Palm for a long time. Cassidy’s mom used it on a summer salad when I was pregnant with Scarlet, and I have never looked back since. She also taught me the fine art of using artichoke hearts in salads too! So I thought, “Why not both?”

Indeed!

Hearts of Palm are versatile, simple, and delicious! I have fun with mine. I use them for special occasion salads, and I’ve even been known to throw them into a soft summer taco. The thing about salads, though, is that they’re really special. It’s much easier to bring a salad to a get-together than a plate of tacos! And salads make people feel great. What makes this salad special is that I use organic kale from our own garden! I also make my own lemon poppy seed dressing. I chop up the ever-amazing avocados, and use Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts. Side by side with Reese Medallion Cut Hearts of Palm.

Or really, heart to heart.

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And now it’s recipe time!

Lemon Kale Avocado Summer Chop Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Lemon Kale Avocado Summer Chop Salad

Ingredients

  1. For the salad:
  2. Reese Medallion Cut Hearts of Palm
  3. Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts
  4. 2 cups kale - chopped (de-stemmed)
  5. 1 lemon - juiced and strained
  6. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. 1-2 ripe avocados
  9. 1 cup quinoa - cooked or crunchy
  10. broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, radicchio
  11. pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  12. For the Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:
  13. 2 tbsp olive oil
  14. 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  15. 1 tsp honey or sugar
  16. 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  17. 1/8 tsp salt
  18. 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • 1. Chop your kale and put it in a large bowl
  • 2. Then coat it with lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes
  • 3. Add olive oil, salt, avocado, quinoa and seeds to the salad
  • 4. Add Reese Medallion Cut Hearts of Palm and Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts, as well as (optional) broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and radicchio
  • 5. For the dressing, combine olive oil, lemon, honey (or sugar), poppy seeds, salt and pepper
  • 6. Shake until mixed well
  • 7. Pour over the salad and toss to coat
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Happy Summer!

Spicy Smashed Potato Salad With Colman’s

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Question: How do you take a nearly perfect summer classic dish, and make it even better? Answer: HEAT!

When I was a kid, my parents would throw the most epic July 4th parties. Along with the seven of us in total, what seemed like hundreds of loved ones would arrive in twos and fours – armed with coolers, freshly baked pies, and cold summer salads. We had a giant, kidney-shaped pool and people would put out their towels on our lawn. I don’t think you could see even an inch of green lawn – because the entire lawn was covered by colorful towels and happy people. The food was memorable!

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After the sun went down, we would light sparklers and small fireworks. We would eat melting ice cream and then spoon up all the rainbow sprinkles that had sunk to the bottom of our “ice cream soup.” My dad would blast 38 Special out of the speakers he kept under our deck, and we’d all be swatting mosquitoes and enjoying shared stories. Sometimes, people would even go night-swimming. It was summer in a nutshell! Those are the memories I strive to make with my family.

Summer memories.

My sister loves macaroni salad, but potato salad was always my weakness. I remember the different variations of it over the years. I’d have the classic kind – with potatoes, mayo, and dill – and not much else – but then I remembered even more of the potato salads with a little (or a lot) something extra. I’m talking green crunch, and the potato skins still nearly intact.

Potato salad is a lifelong classic, but I’m all about taking things to the next level, and making a big mess doing so! Colman’s Mustard is no condiment – it’s a next-level-inducing active, HOT participant in your favorite summer dish. Whether you add a pinch to pasta or pizza, or to your potato salad, you are in for a treat. This recipe is your perfect summer party dish:

Spicy Smashed Potato Salad

Yield: 4-6

Spicy Smashed Potato Salad

Ingredients

  1. 2 lbs red potatoes, scrubbed and chopped
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1/4 cup sour cream
  4. 1 tsp Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder
  5. 1 tsp Colman's Prepared Mustard
  6. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp pepper
  9. Scallions, carrots, peppers, etc. for garnish
  10. Dill for taste

Instructions

  • 1. Bring potatoes to a boil in a pot of salted water and cook until tender and easily pierced with a knife
  • 2. Drain potatoes and return them to pot
  • 3. Add mayo, sour cream, Colman's Dry Mustard Powder, Colman's Prepared Mustard, celery, salt, pepper, and garnishes
  • 4. Smash using a potato masher
  • 5. Put in the fridge until chilled
  • 6. Adjust seasonings before serving
  • 7. Enjoy!
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You may need to adjust your seasonings until you get your perfect taste. Start slow with your Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder and then work your way up to more. You won’t be disappointed!

I don’t know if this is the exact potato salad recipe of my youth, but it’s more like a combination of everything I ever loved about potato salad. Crunch. Creaminess. HEAT. And love – lots of love. What do you put in your potato salad?

Enjoy!

How do you take a perfect American classic dish and then make it even better? It needs HEAT, and Colman's is the one to bring it. #recipe #ad #HotMessAround