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Who says salads are for summer?! Friends, I NEED kale all year round. And here’s the good news, kale is actually considered a winter veggie. fist pump! #Kaleyeah! You might say that I’m a kaleaholic, and I’m ok with that. Some of you may have never even tried kale, and here I am over here all kale obsessed. Well if you haven’t tried this green goddess of a plant, then this a great recipe to try it out. And if you’re a fellow kale lover, you’re in for a real autumn treat!
A lot of people ask me, “but it’s so tough and rough and doesn’t taste good”. For this, I have a perfectly suitable solution. Massage. This is an essential step before diving into any kale salad recipe when you’re eating it raw (which also have many health benefits!) Did I lose you? haha This might have made you chuckle, but seriously- here’s why:
You don’t have to massage your kale for very long—just about three to five minutes. As you go, you will notice that the leaves change in color, from that bright vibrant green to a deeper green hue. I massage mine right with the dressing or with a little olive oil + salt + lemon juice.
The warm apple cinnamon balsamic dressing is as dreamy as it sounds and is super simple to make. Avoid all those nasty additives in processed dressings and opt to make your own at home with just a few simple ingredients. Some food for thought- sometimes I make my dressing at home and bring it with me to any restaurants I go to (yes… I’m that girl).
The apples give it a nice sweetness, as do the cinnamon cranberry walnut clusters- which by the way are also easy to make. <—– Remember when I said this was a great recipe to try out kale for the first time? As if you need more convincing… this recipe comes together, from massage to table, in just 15 minutes (ooh, now that got me thinking I want a 15 minute massage). Here’s a salute to this green leafy superfood, now go get your kale on.
I use EDEN ORGANIC CRANBERRIES because they are sweetened with apple juice as opposed to the loaded with sugary kind you get from the grocery store
Nutritional information provided by This Honest Food and Care2
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What a beautifully presented salad. The colors of the ingredients are so vibrant, and the textures they provide makes this salad very fascinating. The salad dressing is also well balanced in flavors. This salad makes eating healthy so enjoyable.
Thank you so much for your kind compliment! I love cinnamon and it pairs wonderfully with the other flavors in this salad.