I’m going to be ‘short and sweet’ in my post about this heavenly salad. Let’s break down the name of it. “Sweet”: who doesn’t like foods with that word in the title…even if the color of that food happens to be GREEN? “Annie”: the name of my newest grand daughter…enough said!!!” “Kale”: well, here is where the rubber meets the road. People like to complain about kale, but, like my mama always said: “they just need a recipe worthy of it”. (Actually, I don’t think my mama said that…I think it was actually me…oh well…it sounded very southern!!). And this recipe is IT!! Even self-proclaimed kale-haters love this salad, and I’ve seen proof of that over and over as friends and family gobble it up with compliments to boot. The touch of garlic is a welcome surprise…and all of these flavors mingled together are SO wonderful. Dark, leafy greens are rich in antioxidants and a host of vitamins that benefit our health (C, E and K). And when it tastes this good…why NOT?!! Whip up a batch today and make plenty…the kale will wilt…even though you start out with a bowl big enough to feed a whole crew, the end result is enough to feed a family…but it’s a bowl FULL of tasty goodness!!
If you follow informational nutrition sites of any kind, you may already know that raw kale and other cruciferous vegetables may affect the thyroid. For the low-down on the nutritional benefits of cruciferous vegetables and information specific to the thyroid question, take a peek at this article: Does Kale Destroy Your Thyroid by Vani Hari (otherwise known as ‘Food Babe’).
|'Sweet Annie Kale' Salad|| |
- 1 large bunch of curly kale, washed, dried and torn into medium bite-sized pieces
- 2 organic gala apples, cored, washed and diced (no need to peel)
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium clove garlic, minced
- ¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
- Put all ingredients in a large bowl and 'massage' the honey/olive oil into the kale for about 5 minutes. The kale will soften and wilt, taking on the sweetness of the honey and apples. (if the bunch of kale is especially large, increase the honey and olive to ⅓ cup each). Enjoy!