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Spring Salad Series: Kale & Avocado

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If you are anything like me, then you will understand when I say that I have not always been a great big fan of Kale. Kale is like the adult equivalent of my childhood trauma with spinach: I thought I had overcome the beast of eating greens and grown up, until I met big daddy Kale in the vegetable aisle. At first I added it to smoothies and diced in chunks of pineapple and mango to disguise its taste and texture. And it worked for the most part. Having said that I actually prefer Kale slightly stir fried in the same way I would other stir fry vegetables, maybe the heat softens its coarse texture. But then came the challenge of Kale fully raw. This salad does the trick, I think the key is not chopping it too finely and also combining it with strong flavours, here I have used balsamic vinegar. You can also dress it with my vegan ranch dressing too!

Kale is low in calories and high in fiber and has zero fat! Its also high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Kale is high in Vitamin K which helps protect against various cancers. In fact one cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin and Vitamin C.

Kale and Avocado Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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The Vegetables

3 cups of Raw Kale roughly shredded

1 large carrot finely shred

1/2 Avocado – cut into chunks

1/3 Red Cabbage – shredded

Dressing:

3 tbsp EVOO

2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

2 Cloves Garlic – minced

1 teaspoon Honey (optional)

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

Pinch of salt

Toss all the vegetables together. Mix the garlic, EVOO, lemon juice and salt together and allow it to infuse for 10mins before drizzling it over the salad vegetables.

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