Most of us, have recognized kale as that wilty, tasteless garnish that would sit on the side of a fruit tray at a big soiree or mega-buffet. Kale was always hiding in the background; ignored, shunned and made fun of. It's curly green leaves trying to get our attention to tell us how good it is, but we turned the other cheek and left Kale out for the birds, literally.
Well, now our little friend Kale, is all grown up and it's gloriously gracing grocery store shelves aplenty. From kale chips, to kale salad, to kale smoothies, this highly nutritious, leafy green has made it's way lovingly into our homes and bellies and we can't seem to get enough of it!
Kale is one of the healthiest and most nutrient rich foods you can eat. It's 1000 on the ANDI (Aggregated Nutrient Density Index). It's alkalizing, high in cancer fighting properties, low in calories, high in fiber, has no fat and is loaded with antioxidants. This little green gem is a food we NEED to eat, and eat as much as we can.
I have been playing with kale for the last year and finding creative ways to make it taste good. Well, it's pretty darn good on it's own, but for some it can be an acquired taste. I love to strip it of it's stems (sorry kale) and break it into little pieces then drizzle on some olive oil and massage it until it's soft, wilty and oh so good! I then sprinkle on some sea salt, a little squeeze of lemon and go to town! Doing this helps the kale to be a bit easier on the digestive system, as it can be a bit harsh to some at first, especially if you are not used to it. All those curly leaves act like little scrubbers in your digestive tract and help to move toxins and debris along! Who wouldn't want that?
If you are new to kale and looking for a tastier way to enjoy it, check out this recipe for my Tropical Kale Salad which uses seasonal Strawberries and Blueberries as well..it's a good one and perfect to take to a summertime picnic or potluck!!
Now remember, Kale wants to be your friend, so no more shunning it at buffets or on grocery store shelves, this green beauty is all grown up, so give it a little love and put it on your plate!!
Tropical Kale salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing
1 head curly Kale, stems stripped, broken into small pieces and massaged with drizzle of olive oil
1 pint organic strawberries, de-hulled and cut into quarters
1 pint of blueberries
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
¼ c. finely diced red onion
¼ c. shredded coconut
¼ c. pinenuts, lightly toasted
¼ c. golden raisins
Place all ingredients except one handful of blueberries together in a large bowl. Toss with dressing.
Handful fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
1-2 tablespoons Grade B Maple Syrup
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
½ tsp sea salt
Blend dressing ingredients together until smooth.
For more tasty kale recipes, check out my site Karma Chow