Kale… what is not amazing about kale. One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, kale has been shown to reduce the risk of cancers (bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate), detoxify at a genetic level, and has proven to lower inflammation. Therefore, the simple incorporation of kale into the diet can improve your health. How great is that!? As a result, I am always thinking of new ways to eat it. I drink my Killer Kale Smoothie for breakfast, my Kale Kleanse juice for a snack, which leaves room for a go-to kale salad… and everyone needs a go-to salad.
So what is the criteria for the PERFECT kale salad you may be wondering? Well first off it has to be simple to make. Anything over 15 minutes is too long for those of us with jammed packed lives. Secondly, it has to be composed of ingredients that are typically on hand. We cannot be worried about running off to the market for exotic spices and vegetables. Finally, it has to be outrageously nutrient-dense. So often we only get the chance to eat one great home-made meal a day, so we have to make it count! This means we must have the following in order to make our perfect kale salad; healthy fats and oils, raw organic vegetables, sea salt, high-quality vinegar and cleansing herbs.
Healthy fats and oils: potent anti-inflammatory agents, building blocks for hormones
Raw vegetables: fiber for lowering cholesterol and cancer risk, antioxidants for protecting against toxins
Sea salt, unrefined: chloride for HCL (hydrochloric acid) production, trace minerals for fluid balance and alkaline pH
High-quality vinegar: supports healthy digestion, improves mineral absorption, enhances insulin sensitivity
Fresh herbs: natural detoxifying agents, cleansing the blood of heavy metals and chemicals
To learn more about the health benefits of kale head over to Thrive Cuisine.
THK Creamy Mediterranean Kale Salad
4 c Kale, chopped
.5 c Parsley, chopped
12 Kalamata Olives, pitted and chopped
1 c Cucumber, peeled and sliced
4 tbs Capers
1 c Marinated Artichoke Hearts, chopped
2 tbs Sundried Tomatoes, packed in olive oil
1/4 c Pecans, raw and chopped
1/2 Lemon, juiced
1/4 c Tahini (raw is ideal)
2 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Sea Salt, unrefined
1 tbs Honey, raw
Place the kale into a large mixing bowl and add in lemon juice. Massage juice into the kale for about 3 minutes, until the kale has softened and broken down.
Then add other salad ingredients to the kale and mix.
Mix dressing ingredients into the kale salad. Then massage until the dressing is coating the entire salad.