Crunchy Green Salad


 Today will forever be ingrained in my head as one of the most embarrassing ever for me. It will be a day I won’t forget until the end of time, a day that will stick with me for a number of reasons, but mostly is the day the salad bar lady at Eatzi’s made me cry. Like uncontrollable, ugly crying where your head tells you to stop but your face just won’t do it. The tears were flowing and my face was pinched. And I need to put this out there- I’m really not a huge crier. I mean of course I cry, but generally my reaction to things that set me off is anger and retaliation (wonderful traits in a person, I know), not heaps of emotion and sadness. But today was different, I don’t know why, and it’s going to take me a while to recover. I wish I had some super dramatic story to tell you, but the short of it is: I waited for 15 minutes in the DELICIOUS MOST AMAZING salad bar line at Eatzi’s – a rarity these days because walking around there with a double stroller is awkward and taxing- made the most perfect salad that I was going to eat tonight for dinner, and just as the lady handed it to me, one of my twins knocked it out of my hand and onto the floor (name protected because he is a minor) . They’re screaming, they want to leave, I look at the line and it’s now 20 people deep, and I meagerly asked the lady if she wouldn’t mind just adding a little lettuce and chicken into my bowl. Nope, she said, “there’s a line behind you if you haven’t noticed”. Well, I did notice and I certainly wasn’t trying to cut in line, but I was a little overwhelmed and I wanted that damn salad. I had worked hard for it. Or at least something to eat with their lemon vinaigrette (it’s the best if you’ve never tried it). I was pretty sad but ok until I put my bowl in the trash and was walking out the door and another older mom- the kindest woman- came up to me, hugged me, and said that was so horrible and that I was doing a wonderful job (I mean, she doesn’t really know if I’m doing a wonderful job, she probably didn’t know I was an hour late feeding the twins’ lunch because I was at Eatzi’s getting a salad, but..). It was so nice! Nice people make me cry. (So does losing my lunch). Anyway, tears started flowing, then the manager Dave got involved, and now I’m home and Dave and Eli the other manager are bringing me my favorite Eatzi’s dinner tonight (the 3 of us really bonded). So unnecessary, but so generous, and a reminder to always be nice to people. It can make or break their day. 

Anyway, I’m not eating this crunchy green salad tonight because tonight I am eating the rotisserie chicken family meal with mashed potatoes and roasted cauliflower. But I make it for lunch a lot, and probably even more going forward because I don’t think I’ll be showing my face in the Eatzi’s salad line anytime soon. 


  • 1/2 bunch kale
  • 1 ripe pear
  • feta cheese
  • sunflower seeds
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • S&P

Whisk the salad dressing ingredients together- rice vinegar, oils, water, soy sauce, Dijon, honey, lime and S&P. Chop the kale (double the dressing recipe if using the whole bunch), and toss in the salad dressing. Let sit for at least 20-30 min (kale tastes better when marinated a bit, IMO).  Divide into two large bowls, and top with desired amount of chopped pear, avocado, feta, and sunflower seeds.