I love Kale, it is by far one of my favorite foods on the Planet as well as being one of the healthiest foods on the Planet. I love it as a pesto, I love it as a juice, I love it sautéed with garlic and olive oil and I especially love it in my favorite salad.
Kale is high in Vitamin A, C and K. It is also hailed for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities which have been known to work together to prevent cancer. It is also high in fiber, lowers one’s cholesterol, and helps with the body’s detoxification process. Long story short – it is really good for you and you should try to eat as much of it as your possible can!
Last summer, at our house upstate, we grew 16 kinds of kale plants in our Veggie garden and this year 6 of those plants grew back! Which was so lovely of them to do. This past weekend I was able to make my favorite kale salad which I picked up from a “Kale Loving” girlfriend a few years ago..
YOU WILL NEED
- A BIG Bunch of Organic Lacinto Kale,
- A handful of Organic Pine Nuts,
- A handful of Organic Sultanas (Raisins),
- Parmesan Cheese if you eat dairy, if not I use Brewers Yeast,
- Sea Salt (amount used is up to you).
FOR THE DRESSING
- 1/3 of a cup of Olive Oil,
- One whole Organic Lemon juiced,
- 6 Crushed Organic Garlic cloves,
- 1/4 of a cup of Red Wine Vinegar,
- 2 tablespoons of sweetener of your choice – Agave, Honey or Maple Syrup.
- Combine all ingredients for the dressing, and thoroughly whisk until it looks creamy. Set aside.
- Cut the kale into fine ribbon pieces and place in bowl.
- You then need to salt the kale by sprinkling through and massaging in. This is important, as it will marinate the kale so it becomes tender. The longer you can leave the kale in the salt the softer it will be (20 minutes at least).
- Pan fry the pine nuts on a low heat until they are slightly crispy, this usually only takes a few minutes.
- Mix in the Sultanas and Pine Nuts with the kale and mix well.
- Add dressing, making sure it is evenly distributed.
- Add either shaved Parmesan cheese or Brewers Yeast as garnish.
- Serve, Eat and quickly realize you did not make enough kale and you are going to have to start all over again.
There is NEVER enough of this to go around, and I could honestly eat it every day.
** You really should try to only use Organic Kale, as standard Kale is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 foods to avoid due to high pesticides being used to grow them. Pesticides are designed to withstand rain which means they often don’t wash off with plain water or only wash off partly.