Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & BACON Print Recipe Print Recipe

I love when my friends have babies.

And I love that I can still celebrate from afar because of this crazy thing called a VIRTUAL BABY SHOWER!!

I’m so excited to celebrate & surprise my good friend, Jess !!!!!

When we first met (in real life), I was pregnant with my first. We were roommates at a conference, along with Bev and Jenna so you can imagine the laughs we had. It’s crazy to think that the last time we were roommates,  we were both knocked up shortly after. Gotta love a warm cozy winter!



So yeah, the theme is trashy and this is my trashy salad.

It’s green.

It’s a big pile ol’ ingredients.

There’s bacon.

And you eat it with your hands.

I’m kidding. I mean, I wouldn’t recommend it in public, but I did finish this plate with my fingers – to keep with the theme, of course.

Trashy or not, we love you Jess and cannot wait for sweet little baby face to fill our instagram feeds!



I made one of my favorite salads for this special occasion.

When my sister and I went on our “sistermoon” in Santa Barbara we had one of the most amazing dining experiences. One of the dishes was a kale salad that I immediately came home and remade it. The version we had came with dates instead of bacon. I’ve made both versions and the two are equally delicious. So, if you don’t eat bacon, you can easily swap out for dates (chopped).

The salad is all nutty, yet refreshing, but crunchy and of course salty. It’s all sorts of awesomeness piled on top of each other.

I do wish I could make this for you in real life. And then we’ll have a sleepover and stay up way too late talking about everything we possibly can until we pass out. Oh yeah, good times.



Now that we’ve talked about food, let’s move on to babies.

Here are some of my favorite things / tips that have worked for me, also a new (again) mom:

  • If you have any trouble with breast feeding, take full advantage of lactation consultants – a brilliant service, usually connected to the hospital.
  • Load up on easy to grab snacks – oatmeal bites, fruit snacks, crackers, dried fruit, rice cakes & pb, etc. Breast feeding makes you HUNGRY. And thirsty. Even at 2am.
  • If the nursery is upstairs, have a changing “station” downstairs. You’re going to want that energy for something else.
  • I don’t know if this works for other people, but I cluster feed at night and then right before bed, I top him off with a bottle of pumped breast milk. And he SLEEPS for a really long time. It’s almost like I’m druging him, but I’m not. I promise, it’s just breast milk.
  • We love our Podster so much that I already sent one to Jess. We keep it on the couch, dining table, our bed or wherever and can set him down when we need to get up (or sleep).
  • Swaddle. Especially if there’s velcro involved. It’s magic – for most babies, at least.
  • Buy a shit ton of burp rags. It’s amazing how much and how often these little ones puke. The Aden and Anais are our favorites because they stay on your shoulder. But for abundance, we stock up on good ol’ cloth diapers.
  • What else am I missing??


Okay, it’s time to go try everyone else’s trashed up food!

And a HUGE thank you to Bev & Ashley for coordinating! Love you, ladies <insert wink/kiss face emoji>.


trashed up salads

  1. Gimme Some Oven – Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

  2. The Lemon Bowl – Brussels Slaw with Tahini Dressing and Za’atar Crostini

  3. With Style & Grace – Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon

trashed up cocktails

  1. Dine & Dish – Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

  2. Food For My Family – Cranberry Orange Dark and Stormy Cocktail

  3. Minimalist Baker – Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes

  4. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy – Apple Cider Shandy

  5. A Spicy Perspective – Preggy Punch Mocktail

  6. Girl vs. Dough – Boozy Maple Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake

  7. Honestly Yum – Maple Bacon Pisco Sour

  8. Cookin Canuck – Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

  9. A Thought For Food – Mezcal Citrico Cocktail

  10. A House in the Hills – Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer

  11. The Novice Chef – Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider

  12. Bran Appetit – Citrus Cider Punch Floats

trashed up burgers

  1. Edible Perspective – Meatloaf Veggie Burgers with Mashed Potatoes + Gravy

  2. The Little Kitchen – Salmon BLT Sliders with an Avocado Aioli & Brie

  3. Daisy At Home – Balsamic Beef Burger with Mac and Cheese

  4. Cookies & Cups – Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Burger

  5. Climbing Grier Mountain – Trashed-Up Steak Burger with Chicken Fried Bacon & Dijon Gravy

  6. Dessert For Two – Bleu Cheese Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries

  7. Country Clever – Fig Rosemary Roast Chicken Brie Brussels Sprout Panini

  8. Foodie Crush – The Best Cheeseburger Soup

  9. Lady and Pups – Spicy Sambal Chicken Meatball Sub with Eggs

  10. Two Peas & Their Pod – Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese

  11. Bake Your Day – Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

trashed up tacos

  1. Spoon Fork Bacon – Crunchy Ground Beef and Cheesy Tacos

  2. The Fauxmartha – Boozy Beef and Butternut Tacos

  3. With Food + Love – Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos

  4. Mountain Mama Cooks – Crispy Kale and Brussels Sprout Tacos with Bacon

  5. Heather Christo – Bahn Mi Tacos with Spicy Sriracha Honey Sauce

  6. A Couple Cooks – Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos

  7. Fitnessista – San Diego Lobster Street Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Table for Two – Salted Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and Brown Butter Shortbread Bars with Sprinkles

  2. My Name is Yeh – Mini Vanilla Loaf Cakes, All Trashed Up

  3. Picky Palate – Pumpkin Spice Butterscotch Sprinkle Cupcakes

  4. Sprinkle Bakes – Cake Batter Confetti Cupcakes

  5. Averie Cooks – Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

  6. Sweet Phi – Trashed Up Shortbread Cookie Bars

  7. Love & Olive Oil – Loaded Junk Food Brownies

  8. Lauren’s Latest – Bakery Sugar Cookies

  9. Cookie + Kate – Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey and Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

  10. Flourishing Foodie – Triple Layer Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

  11. The Sugar Hit – Salted Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream Cake

  12. Hummingbird High – Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts

  13. Top With Cinnamon – Triple Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Crumb Cake

  14. Bake at 350 – Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sundaes

  15. Simple Bites – Lemon Layer Cake

  16. Bakerella – Baby Block Cake Pops

  17. She Wears Many Hats –  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit

trashed up pizza

  1. Bev Cooks – Beer Battered Fried Calamari Pizza

  2. Rachel Cooks – Apple and Chicken Sausage Pizza with Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Crust

  3. Foodie With Family – Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza

  4. Shutterbean – Pesto Potato Bacon Pizza

  5. i am a food blog – Grilled Cheese Pizza

  6. My Life as a Mrs – Chili Cheese Dog Pizza

  7. Simply Scratch – Steak + Blue Cheese Pizza with Crispy Fried Shallots and Honey Balsamic Drizzle

  8. The Beeroness – Beer Cheese Tater Tot Pizza

  9. Yes I Want Cake – Roasted Pumpkin Pizza

  10. Two Red Bowls – Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza

  11. Dula Notes – Pork Bahn Mi Pizza

  12. Weelicious – Trashed Up Mexican Pizza Pockets

  13. Take a Megabite – Roasted Beet Pizza

  14. Hungry Girl Por Vida – Hard Cider Braised Pork with Sour Cherries and Cheesy Polenta

  15. Bakers Royale – Trash’d Street Tacos


Kale Salad with Apple, Hazelnuts & Bacon

Serves about 4


  • 1 bunch of kale, stem removed & chopped
  • 1/2 green apple, julienned
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and thinly chopped
  • 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2-3  (or heaping 1/3 cup) stripes of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2-4 ounces of Pecorino Romano (sheep cheese), grated or crumbled


Adapted from New York Times Cooking

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil



Prepare dressing – In a medium sized bowl, whisk together together shallot, vinegar, mustard, and salt + pepper. Continue to whisk while you add olive oil. Set aside.

In a large salad bowl, massage the kale with 2-3 tablespoons of dressing.

Add apple, carrots, hazelnuts, bacon and top with grated pecorino cheese. Toss with a little salad dressing at a time – you won’t need the entire amount. Taste & add more if needed.

Top with a little more cheese and freshly ground pepper.

Serve and enjoy!



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  • http://thelemonbowl.com/ Liz Della Croce

    I love your new mama tips!!! And I love every single thing about this salad!

  • bev @ bev cooks

    oh my GOSH I love this. It’s gorgeous. Teach me your ways. Thank you for participating! xoxo.

  • jessica

    I want to eat this salad WITH you. THANK YOU!!!! for everything. You have been keeping me sane the last few months and making me feel normal. Major hearts!!!!

  • Jessica @ The Novice Chef

    I love the hazelnuts in this dish! And I majorly second the changing table downstairs tip!

  • brandi

    such great tips!! and these hazelnuts in the salad. yum! perfect fall dish!

  • Dani Meyer

    So amazing!! And awesome mama tips!!

    My biggest tip is package up one of those bulk chicken thigh packages– 2 in a ziplock bag and dump some kind of sauce in each bag….teriyaki, honey mustard, italian salad dressing, etc. Add a bit of chopped onion and bam you have like 10 freezer crockpot meals. Put rice in the rice cooker and make hubby make a green veggie or a salad.

    I should probably post about that haha.

  • Dani Meyer

    Also….thrush is from the devil and they hardly ever tell new mommas about the fact that you have no visual symptoms. And I’ve written an entire novel about the subject because it was horrendous for us and went undiagnosed for a loooong time: http://theadventurebite.com/nipple-thrush-treatment-plan/

  • http://www.athoughtforfood.net/ Brian Samuels

    In the privacy of my own home, I eat most things, including salad, with my hands. This looks fabulous!

  • http://www.edibleperspective.com/ Ashley

    This salad is beeeautiful!!!! Also, LOVE the addition of your mama tips. <3 <3

  • http://www.tablefortwoblog.com Julie @ Table for Two

    This is so full of flavors that I love and want in a huge bowl for dinner!

  • Liz @ FloatingKitchen

    Love this gorgeous salad! Happy baby shower day to Jessica!

  • CookinCanuck

    That is one gorgeous salad and I love the mix of sweet and salty!

  • Sarah – Daisy At Home

    Love this kale salad, and I love your advice and tips! I started to well up a little there… just like a real baby shower. Haha!

  • http://addalittle.wordpress.com Millie l Add A Little

    This looks amazing! I love the sweet and salty salad combo!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    Thanks for all of the great tips and for this recipe! Looks insanely good 🙂

  • simplebites

    Those are fantastic tips!! I remember meeting you when you were pregnant – and glowing, I might add.

    I’d totally eat this with my fingers. 🙂

  • Laurie{Simply Scratch}

    Ohhhh this is one helluva salad! I love the hazelnuts {and bacon 😉 }!

  • http://www.thekitchenpaper.com Mary | The Kitchen Paper

    This sounds absolutely freaking amazing!!! Apple + hazelnuts + bacon = GENIUS. And kale, duh. Yum!!

  • http://liviesgoneglutenfree.weebly.com/ liviesgoneglutenfree

    This salad sounds DELICIOUS!

    Olivia from Livie’s Gone Gluten Free

  • Sarah @ The Sugar Hit

    I kind of want to make this with bacon AND dates, because either way sounds absolutely heavenly and I refuse to be forced to choose!

  • http://citymeetscountry.co Lauren Morra

    This sounds delicious. Seriously love the hazelnut+bacon combo! And in time for thanksgiving! Thank you!

  • http://honestlyyum.com/ HonestlyYUM

    whaaaaaaaatt?!! Best kale salad I’ve seen! And hooray for Jessica 🙂

  • http://www.withfoodandlove.com Sherrie | With Food + Love

    you had me at pecorino, this salad sounds so bomb!!

  • Sommer Collier

    What a great recipe! Everything is better with bacon!

  • kumquatblog

    such a perfect mix of fall colors and flavors. this plate looks divine… trashy or no. and i agree with every one of those mom tips!

  • Jessica Mcneil

    Mama knows how to make a wonderful salad! This post is gorgeous!

  • Tiffany Birch

    Awesome mama tips! My writer from writemyessayx.com says that everything that seems new is actually old stuff we forgot about:) This post shows us that we should not forget mama’s suggestions.