If it was possible for a vegetable to be sexy, then kale would be a supermodel. It is the “hottest” vegetable in town for a good reason. According to Web MD, one cup of kale provides 5 grams of fiber, 15% of calcium and B6, 40% magnesium, 180% vitamin A, 200% vitamin C and 1,020 % vitamin K. Those are impressive numbers toward the daily 100% of each needed, and all in 36 little calories per serving. It is also a good source of antioxidants like beta-carotene and folic acid. Move over spinach, no wonder kale is known as a “super food” and this supermodel superfood salad places it in the star position.
New salad recipes are always exciting. A fresh, new salad means exciting lunch for the next few days and a new party dish in your repertoire. Healthy salads are an even better find because you can eat them guilt-free and really feel as if you are filling up mid-day. The other great thing about superfood salads is sharing new, healthy foods with friends and family. When you bring this salad to your next get together, everyone will rave.
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Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups |Calories: 193 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 6 | Total Fat: 15.0 g | Saturated Fat: 2.9 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 10 mg | Sodium: 147 mg | Carbohydrates: 10.7 g | Dietary Fiber: 2.7 g | Sugars: 2.4 g | Protein: 8.5 g
- One head of kale (I prefer dinosaur)
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup currants
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- One lemon
- Good olive oil to drizzle
- Kosher salt
Chop one head of raw kale as finely as you can. I prefer the lacinto (dinosaur) kale, but either variety will be fine. The restaurant in Aspen uses the curly kale.
Add pine nuts, dried currants, and grated Parmesan cheese. As I said don’t be shy, the more you put in the yummier it will be! I would estimate at least a 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the pine nuts and currants, and 1/4 to 1/3 cup parm.
Squeeze the juice of one lemon, drizzle with good olive oil, and sprinkle some salt. This salad is made to taste. If you like it heavier on one ingredient than the other, go for it. If currants aren't your thing, try dried cherries or cranberries.
Toss and taste test. The best part is that you can’t go wrong. I literally just throw it all together and devour it!
When I take this salad to a potluck, people literally scrape the bowl. I hope you enjoy it, too!
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