Kale, Beet and Apple Salad
I always encourage my clients to eat a rainbow of colors whenever, why-ever and wherever possible. This kale salad is a perfect example and it is so good!
Here are some tricks for making a large salad, while only eating what you want from it:
- Cut the kale into bite-sized pieces to soften them. I mean, who wants to attempt to shove large leaves and small bits of other goodies into your mouth!?
- Then massage a little olive oil into all the little nooks and crannies.
- To the kale, add in the chopped cherries (or cranraisins), carrots and beets. Cover and store it in the fridge.
- When ready to eat, add the chopped apples, toasted walnuts and dressing.
This helps to keep the colors in the salad vibrant. What a perfect salad to quickly assemble once the major chopping has already been done! Be sure to chew everything really well in order to maximize every colorful bite!
- Wash and cut up kale and stick it back in a clean bag until ready to use.
- Cut up all the veggies and store them in separate containers to use with this salad and other salads or stir-fries.
- Consider buying veggie noodles already spiralized and packaged in the produce department. They’re a breeze to roughy chop and add to many dishes. I’ve added spiralized and roughly chopped zucchini, squash and even the sweet potato noodles to this salad.
- Roast/toast a pan of your favorite nuts and keep them fresh in an air-tight jar. I heat a 12″ pan on the stove and add the nuts. I stir them with my fingers (since it’s just quicker) until they begin to get too hot to handle, then I use a spoon. It will take about 8-10 minutes on a medium high temperature.
- Keep the dressing out on the counter or in a cupboard until ready to use. It mixes much easier when at room temperature.
- If you want to add more punch to your salad, add in some micro greens and sturdy sprouts, like mung or green lentils. They add extra live macronutrients to the dish.
- Add more protein by adding raw or lightly toasted pine nuts, pecans and/or pepitas (pumpkin seeds). This adds a little extra crunch. It’s so easy to toast your own.
If you can think of other things to add, please share.