Eating For Beauty – Kale Salad

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
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Another interest of mine is healthy cooking and eating. It's a subject that comes up a lot with my clients and we often share recipe ideas, so it seems like a natural addition to the blog.

I got this delicious recipe from my friend, Alice. As Alice would say, Kale is hella good for you. This low calorie, high fiber leafy green is chock full of antioxidants including carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese. It is also an anti-inflammatory food with detoxifying properties. The nutrients in kale stimulate cellular turnover and ease inflammation making it a powerhouse for your skin. The carrots, sunflower seeds, lemon and sesame tahini in this recipe add an additional boost of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory components and healthy fats.

Alice's Awesome Kale Salad

3 cups raw kale (any variety other than dinosaur) torn into bite size pieces
1 carrot, grated
2 T sunflower seeds

Dressing:
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 T sesame tahini
1 raw clove garlic, minced or 1 t garlic powder (fresh is more delicious but not advised if you need to be around people)
enough water to thin to desired consistency - about 1-1/2 T
1/8 t salt

Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Toss the salad ingredients together with the desired amount of dressing and serve. If you have leftover dressing, it's delicious on other salads or served as a dipping sauce for carrots.

Note: My husband prefers kale cooked so he sautes this salad in a pan coated with cooking spray and enjoys it warm.

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5 Responses

  1. Mmm tahini!
    I cannot take full credit for the use of hella good. That maybe a Mandy saying I’ve incorporated into me speech.
    Yay kale!

    Alice
  2. Alice! I also say “rad” now and have you to blame. This salad is super rad. Thanks for letting me share it!

    Sonya
  3. Me speech? Oh my!

    Alice
  4. I love kale, this blog, and you! I will be making this dish. As Dr. Steve Brule would say — “To Your Health!” BTW I’d love to see a post on problem curly hair. Mine’s chronically dry, even though I use what I think are pretty good products to fight frizz and craze.

    Bill
  5. The salad looks so good. My husband is always telling me to eat kale. I just can’t seem to get into eating it. The dressing you made, may help to entice me to eat kale. :)

    Lisa Brown
  6. […]   Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.   As I wrote in my last recipe post for Kale Salad, kale is a nutritional powerhouse providing a multitude of vitamins, minerals and cancer fighting […]

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