All Hail Kale
WARNING: Strange health food ahead. Proceed at own risk.
After eating more than my fair share of food over Thanksgiving, I thought it was time to eat some vegetables (ugh, I know). This recipe for kale salad is one of my favorites because not only is it insanely easy and healthy, it also tastes really good. If you've never tried kale, now is the time!
Kale Salad Serves 2
1 bunch of kale, washed and leaves removed from stem
1/2 an avocado, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
Whatever veggies you want (I chose bell pepper and mushrooms)
Nutritional yeast (optional)
Raw shelled hemp seeds (optional)
1) Place kale in a large bowl. Squeeze lemon, sprinkle sea salt, and add avocado. With clean hands massage kale, mashing the avocado into the leaves as you do so to create a dressing. Massage the kale for 2-3 minutes until the leaves have softened up. I know it sounds weird to massage your salad, but it produces great results. (Love the kale. Be one with the kale)
2) Add the rest of your ingredients and mix with a fork. What you add to this salad is really up to you. Chickpeas are also really yummy in this salad and are a great way to add more protein.
If you use olive oil instead of avocado for the dressing, you can store the salad in your fridge for about 2 days!
Nutritional yeast and hemp seeds can be found at any local health food store.
Nutritional yeast has a bit of a cheesy taste and can also be sprinkled on popcorn, pasta, and really anything else. It's a great seasoning option if you're cutting back on salt and/or dairy. It's also chock full of B vitamins so it's great for those of you who don't eat a lot of meat.
Raw shelled hemp seeds are also full of nutrients and tout a lot of health benefits. I like to add them to my salads for protein as well as for the slightly crunchy texture.
Kale has been the trendy vegetable for a while now and for good reason! If you want to learn more about all of kale's awesome health benefits check out this article.
Enjoy and be merry!