Super-Healthy Kale Salad Recipe with Cranberries
You will love the flavors in this kale salad recipe, as well as the knowledge that kale is really healthy. It is a cancer-fighting superfood and is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. This recipe also features pine nuts which are higher in protein than any other seed, and cranberries which offer vitamin C. Although this would also work hot as a side dish, it is nice served warm or chilled too, as a salad, and you can serve this by itself or with any kind of meat, fish, or poultry.
The quantities might seem like a lot but this is so good you will not have any left over, and if you do then it will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator. Take this to work with you as a snack if you like, perhaps with some chopped cooked chicken on the side, or some chunks of cheese.
Kale is also known as borecole, and it is in the cabbage family. You can get green or purple kale, and it is thought to be closer to wild cabbage than most kinds of domesticated cabbage. Collard greens and spring greens are very closely related to wild cabbage too. Genetically they are very similar. Try growing your own salad greens and tomatoes for this recipe. Garden salads are always healthy, especially if you have grown the produce yourself.
- 2 bunches kale
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 1 deseeded, chopped tomato
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Steam the kale until it turns a bright shade of green.
- Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet until they are aromatic.
- Combine the extra-virgin olive oil with the lemon juice and a pinch each of salt and black pepper.
- Let the kale and pine nuts cool, and then toss them together.
- Stir the tomato, cranberries and dressing into the kale and pine nut mixture.
This easy kale salad recipe is so tasty. If you are wondering how to serve kale to your kids without them refusing to eat the soggy green pile, then do not serve a soggy green pile! Add bright red tomatoes and cranberries to make it look more appetizing, as well as crunchy toasted pine nuts, and toss the mixture with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. This makes it far more appealing than a bland dollop of plain kale, and this salad is versatile as well, going with pretty much anything. Try it alongside grilled chicken or poached fish. It is so flavorful you will forget how healthy it is.
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