Tag Archives: kale

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

You won’t be able to put your fork down after trying one bite of this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Basil Avocado Dressing! It’s loaded with delicious ingredients like raisins, kale, cashews & apples! This salad is healthy, vegan & great for those on a low carb diet.  It’s delicious as a side dish or entree and can be served at room temperature or cold.

Cauliflower salad with kale, raisins and avocado in white bowl with brown wooden spoon

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at California Avocados.

Cauliflower is so hot right now. The trend that’s been going on for a few years now is not going away anytime soon! And I have to say, that makes me so happy!

Cauliflower is used a great low carb substitute for chips in this recipe for Cauliflower Nachos. It’s also a great vegetarian substitute for chicken wings in this Korean BBQ Fried Cauliflower recipe.

It can be turned into Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice and used as a healthy base for Vegan Burrito Bowls. It can also be tossed with buffalo sauce and turned into Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos.

The possibilities with cauliflower really are endless and it’s a great addition to a healthy diet. This nutrient rich vegetable is a good source of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins.

In this recipe, I’m tossing roasted cauliflower with a deliciously flavorful and healthy avocado basil dressing. I also added some of my favorite sweet and salty salad mix-ins, like raisins and cashews.

The creamy dressing is so easy to make, just toss everything in a blender and puree. You can easily whip it up while the cauliflower is roasting, then toss the entire salad together in under 30 minutes.

This is a BIG SALAD! It’s great for meal prepping to eat for lunch or dinner throughout the week. Because the cauliflower is rich in fiber, just eating this salad will easily fill you up.

Kurt loves this salad! I’ll make it once and we’ll eat it for lunch throughout the week or as a side dish with dinner.

This cauliflower salad is also the perfect side dish for a party or big family dinner. You can easily make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

The best part of this salad is that it’s so delicious and everyone can eat it! It’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free and low carb, making it a great fit for anyone, no matter their dietary needs.

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Kale Pesto

Homemade kale pesto is an easy, healthy, gluten free recipe, made with 7 simple ingredients. It’s perfect for tossing on pasta, pizza or grilled chicken!

Kale pesto in white bowl with copper spoon in the bowl

I love pesto!

I love it so much that I’ve made 8 different varieties of pesto on the blog!

  1. Basil Pesto
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  3. Spinach Pesto
  4. Vegan Pesto
  5. Cilantro Lime Pesto
  6. Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto
  7. Arugula Blue Cheese Pesto
  8. Kale Pesto

One of my favorite things about pesto is it’s versatility. You can easily toss it on a pizza, pasta or eggs. Add it to a sandwich, grilled chicken or a salad.

Toss it in risotto or spread it on baked salmon. The options really are endless!

My other favorite thing about pesto is how easy it is to make. Toss all of the ingredients in a food processor and you’ve got delicious homemade pesto in just 5 minutes!

This kale pesto is not only easy, delicious and versatile, it’s also packed with health benefits!

Kale helps with cancer prevention, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium. It also contains 15% vitamin B6, 40% magnesium, 180% vitamin A, 200% vitamin C and 1,020% vitamin K.

It is also a good source of five minerals, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

This recipe has 4 cups of kale in it. That’s a lot of vitamins!

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Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Crispy Kale

Vegan baked gnocchi is tossed with delicious fall spices, butternut squash and crispy kale for an easy, healthy, sheet pan recipe made in just 25 minutes!

Gnocchi, butternut squash and kale in bowl with wooden spoons

Butternut squash is my favorite fall vegetable! It can be turned into an appetizer with this Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe, a taco with this Vegan Butternut Squash Taco Recipe or a soup with this Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup Recipe. It’s so versatile and so delicious!

A few weeks ago I had a bag of diced up butternut squash in the fridge and a package of gnocchi in the pantry, I decided to experiment putting the two together in an easy sheet pan recipe for dinner.

That dinner turned out so delicious that I turned around and made it again the next day for the blog!

The crispy kale, paired with the tender gnocchi and creamy butternut squash creates the perfect trifecta of textures. And all of the fall spices really take the flavor of this recipe over the top!

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Kale Pistachio Pesto

Fresh kale, pistachios and coconut oil are combined in this vegan, gluten free, healthy pistachio pesto recipe. It’s perfect with pasta, chicken or on pizza!

Fresh kale, pistachios and coconut oil are combined in this vegan, gluten free, healthy pistachio pesto recipe, perfect with pasta, chicken or on pizza!

I love pesto! Spinach pesto, basil pesto, sun dried tomato pesto and now kale pistachio pesto!

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Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad

Grilling tomatoes & kale puts a totally new twist on a traditional kale salad, it’s vegetarian, gluten free & perfect as a summer side dish or entree!

Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad Recipe

Since it’s summertime and all I want to do is grill everything, that’s exactly what I did this week!

From Caribbean Jerk Meatballs to Korean BBQ Grilled Salmon (I seriously can’t stop eating this dish!) to this Grilled Tomato & Kale Salad recipe, it was a grilling kind of week at my house!

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Gluten Free Cooking with ALDI

Gluten Free Cooking With ALDI

Today’s post was sponsored by ALDI. Thanks for supporting all of the  WhitneyBond.com partners like ALDI!

Within just a few months of starting my food blog, my brother was diagnosed with celiac disease. Ever since then, I’ve made it my mission to create and share delicious gluten free recipes with the world!

When I partnered up with ALDI to share four tasty recipes from their Test Kitchen and Bon Appétit, I was so excited to see that they were all gluten free!  I couldn’t wait to try their liveGfree® gluten free baking and cupcake mixes, and sample their fresh meat and produce!

Now I know you’re all dying to hear what we’re cooking up today, so without further ado, here’s the ALDI Gluten Free Menu:

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Pineapple Mango Kale Salad

Fresh pineapple and mango add a tropical flare to this delicious gluten free and vegan kale salad recipe tossed in a homemade avocado vinaigrette dressing!

Vegan Pineapple Mango Kale Salad Recipe

April is Earth Month, so what better time to celebrate the almighty Earth that gives us the plants and trees, which grow the delicious food we eat every day!

To celebrate Earth Month, I’ve created an organic kale salad that is so delicious, and good for the planet!

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Roasted Garlic & Kale Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Soy milk and olive oil add a delicious creaminess to this recipe for Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Kale!

Garlic Kale Vegan Mashed Potatoes

When thinking about mashed potatoes, the words cream and butter are usually the first to come to mind, but for those that are dairy-free or vegan, that means no mashed potatoes in their life. Until now that is!

By cooking the potatoes in soy milk, they keep their nice creamy mashed potato texture, while remaining dairy-free and vegan!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Spinach Kale Salad

Spinach & kale are tossed with an avocado vinaigrette, roasted butternut squash, pistachios, dates & quinoa in this vegan & gluten free kale salad recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad Recipe

If one of your goals in 2016 was to eat healthier, while still enjoying super flavorful food, then I have just the salad for you!

When it comes to healthy recipes, I love to get in the kitchen and create delicious new dishes that are healthy, while still full of flavor, and this salad is just that!

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Kale Apple Slaw

Kale Apple Slaw is a delicious & healthy twist on traditional coleslaw. This vegan and gluten free recipe is perfect served as a side dish at BBQs or added to pulled pork or brisket sandwiches.

Kale Apple Slaw Recipe

With summer and swimsuit season in full swing, I’m always looking for ways to make new recipes a little bit lighter and healthier, while still totally delicious!

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Tomato Kale Polenta Skillet

This one skillet dish combines the delicious flavors of roasted tomatoes, crispy kale & cheesy polenta in a simple recipe that’s vegetarian & gluten free!

Roasted Tomato and Kale Polenta Skillet

The three most commonly asked questions I get asked as a professional food blogger:

  1. How do you make money?
  2. What’s your favorite recipe?
  3. How do you keep coming up with new recipes?

To answer these questions:

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Kale Artichoke Pasta

Spinach artichoke dip, delicious yes, make it into lunch, yes please!

I used the spinach artichoke dip recipe I served at my Pumpkin Carving Party last October with some alterations, including substituting kale for spinach and a creamy, hearty pasta dish was born!

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 4 oz kale
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan and romano cheese

Get your burners going by boiling water for the pasta on one burner. On another burner add the kale, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/4 cup water in a large skillet with lid.  On the third burner start making the sauce by adding the cream cheese to a medium saucepan to melt.

Next add the greek yogurt, salt and garlic to the melted cream cheese.

Add the additional 2 tbsp olive oil, white wine vinegar and lemon juice, then drain and chop the artichoke hearts.

Add the artichoke hearts to the pasta sauce.

Stir to combine then add the cooked kale.

Drain the pasta and place into a large bowl. Mix the sauce well then add-on top of the pasta.

Now toss and serve topped with the red pepper flakes and parmesan and romano cheeses!



BLT Caesar Wrap

The traditional BLT sandwich gets a twist with kale replacing the lettuce and caesar dressing replacing the mayo for a simple, on the go BLT caesar wrap!

Kale Bacon Caesar Wrap

Every once in a while an unplanned “what’s in the fridge?” meal turns into a new favorite and last week that most definitely happened!

I turned a classic favorite, the BLT, into a new, fun wrap with kale instead of lettuce and caesar dressing instead of mayonnaise!

BLT Caesar Wrap Ingredients


  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 2 tbsp caesar dressing
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (shredded)

Start by cooking the kale in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover the skillet to steam the kale for 4-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, spread the dressing into the middle of a tortilla.

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

Next add the cooked kale and bacon on top.

Bacon and Kale Wrap

Top with the tomatoes and parmesan cheese.

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

Wrap it up and dig in!

Kale Bacon Wrap

Oh my gosh, the crispness of the bacon with the mild bitterness of the kale and the creaminess of the caesar dressing, this was such a great, random concoction and I’m not going to lie to you all, I ended up making it two other times last week!

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

Kale Bacon Caesar Wrap
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BLT Caesar Wrap

The traditional BLT sandwich gets a twist with kale replacing the lettuce and caesar dressing replacing the mayo for a simple, on the go BLT caesar wrap!

Course Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 wrap
Calories 604 kcal
Author Whitney Bond


  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 2 tbsp caesar dressing
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese grated


  1. Cook the kale in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover the skillet, steam for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, spread the dressing into the middle of the tortilla.

  4. Add the cooked kale and bacon on top.

  5. Top with the tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
  6. Wrap it up and dig in!