Tuscan kale, tomatoes, red cabbage, chickpeas, and a light vinaigrette make this the
perfect detox kale salad!
And we’re back! I took a little break between Christmas and New Year from anything blog related and it was *so* nice to have a blog vacation but I also missed it! But now I’m back and feeling refreshed and recharged to spend another year sharing recipes with you all.
Today, along with a delicious and healthy new recipe, I also want to talk about a new restaurant to the Twin Cities that I was invited to check out before it opened – Piada Italian Street Food.
I don’t know why, but anything that is called “street food” just sounds more fun and appealing than regular non-street food, so I was super excited about seeing what Piada is all about. Apparently it is called street food because the chefs who had the idea for Piada were charmed and inspired by the numerous food carts and markets scattered around the city of Rimini, hence the ‘street food’.
The concept behind Piada is that it is “fast casual” meaning you walk up and order your food, but it’s definitely not fast food. They make everything to order and have a huge focus on quality ingredients.
Aside from how seriously delicious everything was, one thing that impressed me the most was just how important the quality of their ingredients is to the chefs. For example, their salmon is never, ever frozen. How crazy awesome is that?! Their pasta is cooked fresh daily. Their calamari, aside from being *the best* calamari I’ve ever had, is deep water wild caught and their beef is “never ever” beef, which means that there was never use of growth hormones or antibiotics.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering – what did I eat?! Well, what didn’t we eat at Piada? Seriously every time we had a question about something on the menu, they made it fresh for us. We had the Pasta Carbonara (Marc’s favorite!), Calamari Piada (incredible!), Balsamic Chicken Salad (SO good!), their Salmon Salad (the salmon really is amazing!), Italian Trio Piada, and the biggest and most tender meatball I’ve ever had.
Oh and you can’t forget one of the coolest things about the Italian fast casual – the Italian soda machine! I’m not a soda drinker but this is one time I will definitely have a glass or two. The raspberry was my favorite.
While I can’t wait to go back to Piada to try every single thing on the menu (and that salmon salad again and again!) I was also excited to try to recreate some of the menu items as well. While you better believe I’ll be trying my best to recreate that incredible meatball, I decided on something a bit lighter first – the Tuscan Kale Detox Salad. Doesn’t that sound perfect for this time of year?
This Detox Tuscan Kale Salad is exactly what I needed after a few weeks of cookies every night, lots of holiday drinks, and special holiday meals. Every bite was 100% worth it but I’m feeling the need for some leafy greens in my diet.
While raw kale can be somewhat tough, the process of massaging the kale with the dressing can help with that. I love using tuscan kale, which is a deeper green than it’s curly haired sister, because I think it looks prettier in salads like this. You can definitely use regular curly kale, though.
Combined with diced tomatoes, chickpeas, shredded red cabbage, a light vinaigrette and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, this salad definitely hit the spot.
It has been the perfect lunch to satisfy me and keep my wandering eyes away from the leftover cookie tray sitting on our counter. It’s simple, nourishing and definitely filling from the addition of chickpeas. You could definitely throw some sunflower seeds or chicken on their too, to boost the protein.
Here’s to a healthy new year!
While I was compensated by Piada for the content of this post and recipe, all opinions are my own.