Weeknight Dinner: Chicken Burgers & Lemony Kale Salad

This is my favorite dinner right now. You can prep it in advance, but it also can come together in 20 minutes and you have a fresh, healthy dinner that is beyond satisfying. I have written abut this salad before, but it is good enough for a repeat. The kids are not into salad, (weird I know) so I just give them some fruit and extra rice dressed with olive oil, salt, and pepper on the side. Anything with lemon feels like Summer, and I think it is actually happening. So cheers to that and I hope you like this one! Ingredients are in bold to help with your grocery list. 

Chicken Burgers & Lemony Kale Salad
Serves 4

Step 1, make the burgers: 
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 egg
1/2 Tablespoon Worchestire sauce
1.5 lbs ground chicken (turkey would be fine too)

In a large bowl, mix together the first 4 ingredients with some salt and pepper. Add the chicken and combine softly, but well, with a fork. Form into patties (they will seem really wet, this is ok) and stick in the fridge to set for a few minutes or up to day before. 

Step 2, make the salad dressing: 
juice of one lemon
salt & pepper
1 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons light mayo (leave out if you are not into it)
2 tablespoons olive oil (4 if not using the mayo)

Whisk all the ingredients except the oil together in a small bowl, then stream the oil in and whisk to combine well. Taste and adjust for seasoning. If you have a really juicy lemon, you may need more oil/mayo. Set aside in fridge hours or even days ahead. 

Step 3, prep the salad: 
6 cups chopped kale, I like to slice thin, but any way is fine
2 cups cooked brown rice, cooled (I cheat and buy the pouches of it, perfect every time)
handful of chopped almondsMarcona are the best, but any are fine

Combine all three ingredients in a large bowl and set in the fridge. 

Step 4, cook burgers: 
Heat a skillet over medium high heat on the stove or heat your grill up. Cook burgers for a few minutes on each side. Depending on the thickness, it should be about 3-5 minutes per side. When it is firm, it is done. 

Step 5, plate: 
While the burgers are cooking, dress the salad with the vinaigrette to desired taste and toss until well combined. Place a big mound on each plate. Then add the burgers to the plate and enjoy! 


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