Thursday, July 5, 2012

Superfood Kale Salad

I used to hate kale. I mean really despise it, especially raw. Maybe it's the fact that growing up, my mom would make her dreaded "green juice" which was comprised mostly of kale. I prefer to eat my leafy greens, not drink them, thank you. As of late, I've discovered that I actually like kale. It reminds me of broccoli but in a leafy, rabbit food sort of way. I used the Light Tahini Dressing from Oh She Glows, and changed up the ingredient list a little. If you are a fellow kale hater, try this out and see what you think...

1 small head kale
1 cucumber
1 c. cherry tomatoes
1/4 red onion
2 carrots
1 red bell pepper
1 avocado
1 c. fresh peas
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. goji berries
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. cooked spelt berries
1/4 c. fresh parsley

1/4 c. tahini
3 cloves garlic
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
1/4 c. nutritional yeast
4 T. evoo
1 t. kosher salt
1/4 t. black pepper
3 T. water

1. Wash, peel, chop all your veggies.
2. Combine all the salad ingredients (except avocado) in a large bowl.
3. In a food processor, blend all ingredients for dressing until smooth.
4. Toss salad in dressing until well coated. Add avocado and gently toss again.

**Makes 6 servings. 458 calories/serving**

Just for fun, let's see some nutritional highlights for one serving of this salad, shall we? I've only posted the values over 100%, it has lots of other good stuff too.

Vitamin A                                324.8%
Vitamin B-6                             185.8%
Vitamin C                                200.4%
Niacin                                      108.6%
Thiamin                                   236.9%
Potassium                                876 mg

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