May 1, 2012

Kale Salad with Yogurt Mint Dressing / Pure Barre Challenge

I got really friendly with kale last week. My 2nd CSA box contained a massive amount  of it, so I made two recipes. After using the the majority of it for the Spicy Kale & White Bean Soup, I figured a salad was in order.

This salad can only be described with positive adjectives: light, refreshing, and tasty.

And the best part? It has the same flavors as a Mojito. Without the liquor, of course.

Kale Salad with Yogurt Mint Dressing


  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, stems removed, and cut into 1/2 inch ribbons
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp. fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, garlic, mint, and lime juice. Season with salt & pepper.
  2. Place kale ribbons in a large bowl. Add the yogurt mixture and toss until kale is completely coated.


And there you go. A giant salad for one, or a side salad for you and your friends. You decide if you want to be selfish or not. Winking smile

Moving on… Let’s talk about the April Pure Barre challenge. Congrats in order – I completed all 20 required classes and locked in a special rate for May! Woohoo!

When I signed up for the challenge, I had every intention of completing all 20 classes and going to my gym on occasion. Did that happen? Eh, not so much.

What I missed:

  • I only went to ESAC twice.
  • Aside from the weights at PB, I also only strength trained twice. For an entire month, I said goodbye to 8, 10, and 15 lb. weights and swapped them for 1, 3, and 5 lb. weights.
  • I ran three times. Whoa. Major change for me. I really missed running, but doing two-a-days was difficult, and running outside in this heat is miserable.

What I gained:

  • The biggest difference I noticed was increased flexibility. I’ve always been able to do a split with my right leg forward, but I can now do a split on both sides!
  • I stretched more than usual too. I think this helped a ton with my flexibility.
  • My arms changed shape. In a good way! They’ve been pretty defined for a couple years, but my deltoids are more sculpted.
  • I’m nowhere near a six pack or anything like that, but I did more ab work in PB than ever before. I definitely feel like my core is stronger.
  • Friends! The PB family is awesome. Jen, the owner, is so sweet and all of the instructors are incredible. The music is fun, to boot.

I’m really excited to complete another month of Pure Barre. One interesting thing I must note is that I assumed each class would get easier. No. Not at all. With each class, you become more aware of the different muscles you’re working. You concentrate on every single tiny movement, which makes for a more efficient workout. It’s pretty amazing how aware you will become of every movement you make – even outside of the studio throughout the day.

Kale – do you prefer it raw or cooked?

Did you complete the Pure Barre challenge? If you haven’t ever signed up for the class, what are you waiting for?

Can you believe it’s already May!?

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  • Congrats on completing 20 classes! I attended Pure Barre a few times when I lived in Ann Arbor, MI but there’s not a studio near where I live…but I did get a Pure Barre DVD for Christmas…2 years ago…and have never opened it…whooops! You’re inspiring me to give it a try! xoxo

    • whoops! if you don’t love it, i’ll take it! 🙂 🙂

  • Yum! I love RAW Kale salads (they taste great when you scrunch the kale together)

  • itzyskitchen

    My Mom to a barre class yesterday! Now I know I really need to get my butt in there. More flexibility time would be a blessing for me. The kale salad sounds yummy

  • Natalie Mason

    I have been a Kale kick too.  Must try your version and heck maybe I will eat it with a mojito as well to enjoy the flavors!

    • you know, when i was typing this i a)wished i had a mojito and b)thought i’d probably also eat this while enjoying a mojito. i mean why not?

  • Livefortherun

    Love Kale, but not a fan of mint in my food – maybe my ice cream. 

    SO impressed by how much you learned and gained from Pure – way to showcase your success.

  • Pure Barre had 70 plus sign up and over half complete the challenge – so proud of everyone! 

    Kale (Raw): juiced
    Kale (Cooked): kale chips

    Thanks for bringing your energy into the studio!

     Pure Barre

  • This is awesome, those end accomplishments are great. That kale salad looks delicious, I am definitely going to try that dressing. 

    • you should! it’s super easy and very refreshing.

  • Congrats on finishing the challenge! I’m almost done with my Livefit challenge. As soon as it’s over I want to start taking barre or yoga classes again. I miss all the stretching!

  • Ashlee

    I should try this pure barre class…you’re inspiring me!

  • Anna Hartman

    Yay for you completing your 20 classes! That’s awesome. And I’m so excited to try to Kale salad. It sounds yummy.

  • Whenever you say PB all I can think about is peanut butter.

    • every time i type PB i think about peanut butter too!

  • Oooo I much prefer Kale Cooked, but the benefits of it raw are cray cray, so I eat it raw….shoe leather…..

    You’re crushing it girl, so proud of you!


  • April Johnson

    This salad looks wonderful, I love using greek yogurt, but I have yet to pair it with mint-next up on my list. I haven’t had Kale before but I really want to try it – Have you ever made Kale chips? I just copied down a whole bunch to try! 

    And congrats on the Pure Barre!!! That is awesome!! 

  • Mary Krulia

    Congrats on completing the challenge! It makes me want to try it!!

  • I love kale, but usually only like it cooked. I can’t get into the raw kale for some reason. Unless its LOADED with toppings. Great job on finishing the 20 classes! I want to try barre so bad, but of course they don’t have it here! Lame.

  • Congrats! What’s the texture of raw kale like?? Is it similar to romaine? I haven’t tried it raw yet…

  • That recipe looks fantastic! I love kale 🙂

  • Amanda Helton

    Pure Barre is coming to Columbia!  Yippee!  Now I can finally see some of this for myself.

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