March 16, 2013

Eat Your Greens on St. Patrick's Day: Double Dose o' Kale Salad




Considering all of the indulgences associated with St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd offer up some lighter fare; a dish that is every bit as celebratory without the dehydration and crash associated with excess alcohol and sugar. This hearty salad is made of a wealth of green foods including nutritional powerhouses like kale, avocado, and parsley.

As I was making my green juice the other morning, I became curious about blending the juice with avocado. I know this is a thing that people do, but I always thought that if I'm going to add fat and fiber, I may as well just make a smoothie instead of a juice. When I blended it up though, it was so creamy and smooth. It was very light, too. I totally get why avocado is a popular add-in at juice bars. I was going to drink it, but because of its thickness I thought it would work well as a salad dressing. It worked beautifully! And because my juice had kale in it, you're getting an extra dose of kale in the salad!




Double Dose 'o Kale Salad
makes 4 servings (or 2 large meal-sized salads)

For the salad:

1 bunch of lacinato kale (dinosaur kale), chopped
2 small carrots, shredded
1 medium zucchini, shredded
½ red bell pepper, julienned
½ orange bell pepper, julienned

For the dressing:

½ cucumber
3 stalks of celery
1 small granny smith apple
small handful of parsley, about 10 sprigs
1 inch piece of ginger
1 lemon
½ bunch of lacinato kale
4 leaves of romaine

1 medium avocado


-Chop the kale and place in a bowl.

-Shred the zucchini and carrot, julienne the bell peppers, and add all to the bowl of kale. Toss.

-Juice all dressing ingredients except the avocado. Reserve 16 oz (2 cups) of the juice.*

-Combine 16 oz of green juice with 1 avocado in a blender and blend until it's creamy.

-Pour the dressing over the kale salad and toss to combine. **


*If you have more than 16 oz of juice, drink the rest! It's delicious.

**You don't need to massage the kale as lacinato kale is not as tough or bitter as green and red kale are. However, if you want to massage the kale, you will want to toss in the chopped and shredded vegetables after you've massaged the kale.

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