Salsa Celebration and Splendid Side Dishes

Have you ever been Salsa dancing? If not, you need to get on that right away. Seriously. I went Salsa dancing with my friends for the first time last week for a birthday celebration, and it was the BEST night ever. So much fun. I cannot wait to do it again. Until then I think I need to find a Zumba class to keep me going! Here is a picture of us after we danced the night away :)

I could hardly take my mind off of it all weekend, I just wanted to go back out again and dance. But luckily I had some new recipes to try and lots of cooking to keep me occupied.

So today I’ll share a few scrumptious side dishes that will perfectly round out your meal. They are all quick and painless, healthy, and extremely tasty. First of all is a Fresh Kale Salad.

So many unbelievable flavors and textures in this salad!

Crunchy apples, sweet dried cranberries and tangy vinegar dressing are some of the stars of this dish.

Fresh Kale Salad

Serves ~4 side servings

Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

1 bunch of kale

A sprinkle of salt

1/4 cup red onion, chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 apple, chopped (I used Honeycrisp)

1/3 cup pecans, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp sugar

After your kale is washed and patted dry, tear the kale into smaller pieces and place in a medium sized mixing bowl with the salt. Use your hands to massage the pieces of kale for a minute or two, the kale will shrink in size and become more tender. It’s amazing! Once kale has been massaged, add the onion, cranberries, apple and pecans. In a separate bowl combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar and sugar and stir until well mixed. Then pour the dressing over the kale mixture and toss to coat. Super easy, super quick!

 

Next up is Orange Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes. Holy cat these were so good. And only 4 ingredients!

Orange Basil Baked Sweet Potatoes

Serves 2

2 small sweet potatoes

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp dried basil

1/2 tbsp dried orange peel

To make these sweet potatoes, start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Then cut the sweet potatoes into 4 wedges. Place the sweet potato (with the skin-side down) on a tin foil lined baking sheet). Drizzle the olive oil on top of the potatoes and then sprinkle the seasonings on top. Put the potatoes in the oven for about 40 minutes (more or less depending on the oven) and check on them about halfway through. When the sweet potatoes are completely tender they are finished. Yum!

 

And finally, simply succulent Roasted Carrots with Agave.

3 ingredients for this side dish people, 3! Sometimes the easiest recipes are the most flavorful and satisfying. Like these carrots!

Roasted Carrots with Agave

Serves 2

6 medium sized carrots

1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp agave syrup

All you’ve got to do is chop the carrots how you like (I cut them in half once lengthwise and once widthwise), and place them on a tin-foil lined baking sheet, sprinkle them with olive oil and plop them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Flip carrots over halfway in-between, and once they are done take them out and pour the agave syrup overtop before serving. Enjoy!

Have a dance party in your bedroom,

Sydney

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