I’ve gotta hand it to my neighbors. Even on a sticky, hot, sun-beating-down-on-us summer night in the middle of August, they showed up yet again for our “neighbor nights” this past Tuesday. Just as they have done the Tuesday before that. And the Tuesday before that. And…
Yeah, they basically win the gold star for attendance. And awesomeness.
Without a doubt, many changes have come about in the year or so that we’ve been gathering together. Neighbors have moved into and out of the neighborhood. Many neighbors have accepted new jobs or promotions. Some neighbors have also had their relationship statuses change. Our neighborhood itself as selected as the starting point for a huge new streetcar initiative in Kansas City, and is changing now day by day due to construction. Some of our favorite businesses have come and gone. Our trusty ol’ grill even bit the dust in a storm, and now we are breaking in a new one this year.
Actually, the more I think of it, there has been a ton of change in our neighborhood this past year.
But when I was looking around the overflowing picnic tables on Tuesday night at the conversations that were happening neighbors, I realized that there has been one big flowing constant happening throughout the year — lots and lots of neighbors are becoming friends. Like, not just the wave-to-you-as-you-get-in-your-car-in-the-parking lot kind of “neighbors”. Actual, legit, know-you-(and-your-dog’s)-name-and-some-important-things-about-your-life-and-want-to-hang-out-and-talk-about-it kind of friends.
And it’s pretty dang cool.
Most of these people never even knew each other a year ago, or even just six months ago. But there’s something about coming together week after a week — even if it’s just to stop by for 10 minutes to say hi — that slowly but surely knits people together. The fun and lighthearted (and safe) conversation topics where we all start eventually begin to be mixed with those that go a bit deeper. And people begin to get a little more vulnerable. And people start to really get to know one another. And it’s pretty special. Without a doubt, our little community is not perfect. But it’s real, it’s fun, it’s messy, it’s encouraging, it’s hilarious, and it’s just good.
And lest anyone ever forget, it all basically came to be because of food.
Food is what we used to first gather everyone together. And food is still one of our collective favorite things about neighbor nights. Unless it’s raining and we take the excuse to go out for Mexican food, our tradition is to spend Tuesday nights around the grill and go potluck. It’s always a surprise to see what people are bringing. Usually things work out well to have a well-balanced spread. Sometimes no one had time to cook and we just have a table full of beer. But we always make do and take the excuse to sit down and enjoy it together.
Many weeks, we have coincidences where half a dozen people show up with the same thing. And this week we had that happen — well, with 3 people — with Greek food! Someone brought dip, someone brought a cucumber salad, and I brought this chopped kale Greek salad. It was a healthy riff on this Greek salad that I did at the last second with some of the tomatoes and kale from my CSA. And it ended up being so fresh and tasty that I thought I’d share it with you kale lovers on here.
I first massaged my kale for a few minutes with a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Then I added it to a big bowl with some of my favorite Greek ingredients.
Then I made a garlicky fresh parsley lemon vinaigrette…
…drizzled it on top of said Greek ingredients…
…and gave it all a good toss. And then shared it with my neighbors.
They were more than happy recipe testers, as they usually are every Tuesday night, and gave it the big thumbs up. And I, in turn, give them the big thumbs up. Sharing good food with good friends is just the best.
This sounds so delicious!! Yum!! Greek salad is my absolute favorite and I love the idea of using kale to mix it up.
I am such a huge fan of greek flavors and I love all the colors going on in this salad. YUM!
I love the substitution of kale here! Enough flavors going on with all the greek salad fixings that even a kale hater would be down to eat this :) This looks so yummy!
There’s something about gathering around and sharing food that brings people closer. The vinaigrette looks wonderful, the acidy of the lemon and vinegar would help subdue the kale. Now I have a new recipe for my brand new parsley plant too. Thanks!
I am making a Greek pasta salad as I type – I seriously could eat Greek flavors every day!! Love your beautiful photos, as always. Also I love that you add sugar to the dressing – so smart. xo
Did you also put chickpeas into the salad? It’s not in the recipe list, and I’m curious as I have never had them in a greek salad before but would love to try with this recipe if that’s the case. :-)
Your Greek salad looks so fresh and bright! I just picked two full bags of kale from our garden and will have to check this out for the weekend. Thanks!
Sounds like you have a great neighborhood. We have some good friends in ours but as a whole the neighborhood doesn’t sound quite like a great community like you have. So happy for you :)
Gorgeous photos, friend! Now I SO want this for lunch ;D
I just had a kale Caesar this weekend and I’m hooked, next up I’m making your Greek Kale Salad! Thanks for inspiring me to get more creative with kale! :)
Yum! I love a. Good kale salad and this is no exception Ali!
Gorgeous, love the Greek flavors!
Looks fabulous! Sharing on my fan page
This looks so light and refreshing! I love all things Greek!
This looks so good! Definitely putting it on my agenda. Oh, and I love the line “sometimes all we have is a table of beer” LOL. Miss you, Ali!
Can I just move by you to join your neighbor nights… and i mean that in the most non creepy way possible.
Your recipes are all delicious and your photos are amazing.. you always leave me inspired Ali! Love this salad and that you used kale instead, such a great easy substitute and great way to increase the nutrients!
Love it Ali! Another salad recipe to die for :) Thanks for sharing!
I love your recipe, this is one of my favorite salads, and I love the addition of the kale!
That is super cool! I do not live in a neighborhood like that, unfortunately. It is more of the duck and run into the house as fast as you can kind of neighborhood. Ha!
I love this salad and the dressing as well…both healthy and delicious! What a great way choice for any meal…thanks for sharing!
how long ahead can this be made
You could make it a few hours in advance, but it will taste best when eaten within an hour or two of mixing the salad.
Great fresh salad! I used most of the veggies straight out of my summer garden – sooo yummy. I can’t wait to make it again!
Greek salad is my favorite kind of salad! I make it all the time and order it whenever I see it on a menu! I love that you used kale instead of lettuce in this one! And there is just something so much more appetizing about a chopped salad, looks ready to eat :)
This salad is amazing I used a bigger bag of organic kale so I up’d my beans and olives and feta. I also added some spinach that I had left over from another recipe I also used my dressing on the side to be used as needed I give it 5 stars !! My new favorite salad :)
Thanks Lana, we’re so glad you enjoyed it!
Amazing! I added pumpkin seeds, sliced apple and strawberries and hard boiled eggs. Will make again!
Ooooh we think that sounds yummy! We’re glad you enjoyed this! :)
I made this salad last summer when we went to a waterpark in Texas. It was made the night before we left, and held up very well. I am going to make some more for Mother’s Day, using some of my fresh oregano in my herb garden. Great recipe!
Thanks for sharing Tress — we’re glad you enjoyed it! :)
Tastes fabulous and massaging the kale really softens it!
Thanks, Jackie, we’re glad you enjoyed it!
I absolutely love this salad! It’s delicious with or without the garbanzo beans. I would say though that the “serves 4” is off by about six servings. It goes a long way! Not a bad thing. Five stars for sure. Also a great way to get your kale.
Thanks, Diann — we’re so glad to hear that! :)
Excellent! Made on a whim so had to make a couple of substitutions, but I will plan for it next time to be sure to have all ingredients on hand.
Thanks, Robbie, we’re so glad you enjoyed it!
What are the 21 day fix container portions on this one?
Hi Jennifer! We’re sorry, but we’re not familiar with that program.
I would just keep ingredients separate and measure for your own salad. I would guess somewhere around 2 green, 1/2 yellow, 1 blue, 1 orange. Not sure if the dressing would be an orange, or if you could count it as part of the tsp.
Delicious! Love that this Greek salad is made with kale
I just ate this salad with sauteed shrimp and it was one of the most delicious salads I’ve ever had! I ate it sans protein yesterday and it was still delicious. Didn’t think I’d like it as much I did since I’m not always a huge fan of kale, but YUM!!!
Great recipe. One of the best kale salads I’ve tried.