Honeymoon Salad




Now that those are out of my system, I can share today’s recipe with you.  This goes hand in hand with telling you about our honeymoon experience in Maui; a place so gorgeous that a zillion corny dad puns could never taint her stunning beauty.

Nearly every night we were there, we ate by the ocean and saw this:

Doesn’t it not even look real?!  I feel like I had a t-shirt with that on it in the eighties.

In addition to the scenery and the perfect weather and the giant sea turtles at the beach near our hotel; it was so nice to have this dedicated chunk of time where were completely committed to holding nothing back and having the best time humanly possible.

This was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you know?  There will be plenty of opportunities in life to deny ourselves, so we chose to put that on hold for ten days.  We’d have a frozen drink of some sort pretty much any time we were sitting down, we repeatedly blew $60 on the overpriced commemorative photo, we took naps every single day, we had dessert after lunch and dinner.  You get the picture.

I tell you all this not to be one of those nauseating internet people who is all I LOVE MY LIFE; rather to prove a point about the salad recipe I am going to give you today.  Even in the midst of a hedonism central I ate this salad, a kale salad, TWICE on our honeymoon.  Two times we went back to Honu Seafood & Pizza and instead of me saying ‘Can you somehow deep fry a jello shot for me?’ I opted for fucking KALE.  That’s how good it is.

The tartness of the lemon dressing, the sweetness of the dates and the pomegranate arils, the crunch of the walnuts, the saltiness of the Pecorino, and (I can’t believe I’m about to say this but it’s true!) the heartiness of the kale; I should not have said I didn’t exercise in Hawaii!  Because this salad was a WORKOUT for my taste buds!

Honeymoon Salad


1-2 heads of Kale, washed and chopped (stalks removed)
½ cup chopped walnuts
¾ cup pomegranate arils
¼ cup dates, chopped
½ cup freshly grated pecorino cheese

Juice of 1 lemon
1 shallot, minced
¼ cup olive oil
2 tsp raw honey
salt and pepper to taste

Yield: Two large servings

Prep Time:  30 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes


  • To prepare your dressing, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, shallot, honey, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour dressing over kale and massage for 2-3 minutes (more on greens massaging here!), or until the greens get soft and wilt a bit.  Let rest in the fridge for 15 minutes or so.
  • While your kale is resting is a great time to chop your nuts and dates, shred your cheese, and seed your pomegranates.
  • Top kale with walnuts, arils, dates, pecorino, and additional salt and pepper to taste.  Toss well and enjoy!


I used this tutorial, which is a super easy method to release the arils from their fruity prison.  Have a happy, love-filled Thanksgiving, you guys!

2 Responses to Honeymoon Salad
  1. Diane Podwell
    December 1, 2012 | 1:17 am

    I just love the Kale Salad recipe, but I am soo upset about the comments I heard about you on the Jeff Probst show. My daughter was on TV as a ballgirl for a major league Baseball team and just had work on her teeth. Although their were very nice comments on her looks, a few(a*holes commented on her teeth) this hurt her very badly and being just a teenager probably more so. I do want to say, I saw you on the show and I LOVE your teeth because you have a unique style and not the same phony teeth ever one on TV has. Good for you for taking a stand and being unique! I love it! Good role model for my daughter who was thinking of getting the major procedure…veneers, not necessary!

    • Marla
      December 1, 2012 | 8:33 am

      Diane, thank you so much for watching the show and for coming over to my blog! I hope from the bottom of my heart that your daughter comes to a place of peace and confidence about what was said about her. It breaks my heart imagining what getting snarked on would feel like for a teen whose self-esteem isn’t well-formed yet. Those comments really did eventually bring me to a place of much deeper acceptance of myself, and I wish the very same thing for your daughter! Imagine what a powerful role model SHE will be for other teens when that happens. :)

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