As I mentioned yesterday, last weekend was busy busy. It was the good busy though, enjoyed quality time with my Erik, friends, and fam. Soaked up the sun. Totally indulged :-). Well indulged for me, I think everyone has their own idea of indulgence. It’s totally necessary sometimes, just as long as you jump back on your healthy track soon after 🙂
That’s where this kale salad came in. We were CRAAAAVING something healthy, in the form of greens. And what better than…KALE!!! It’s one of the best veggies, so rich in nutrients. Has so many benefits, like being a cancer fighter and great source for antioxidants!
This salad was easy to put together, had great flavor with the hummus dressing, and was hearty and filling enough to stand alone as a meal.
For the Garlic Hummus Dressing you need:
- 1/2 cup garlic hummus (I found a great Raw Garlic Hummus at Mother’s Market)
- 3-4 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast – it adds a lot of kick and richness. I used 4 will use 3 if I want it more mild
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- a couple pinches of salt & pepper
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons water
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
For the Kale Salad you need:
- 1 large bushel of Kale, chopped and spines cut off
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup almond and golden raisin mix*
- olive oil
Makes about 4 large servings.
To prepare the Hummus, simply toss all the ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and pulse. Slowly add the olive oil through the feeder. If too thick, add another tablespoon of water.
For the salad, heat a couple teaspoons of oil in a large saucepan on low heat. Add the kale and chopped pepper and onion. Stir around for about 8 minutes until kale softens. Remove from heat. Add tomatoes, nut mix, and dressing. Mix well and let sit for a few minutes. Serve and ENJOY!!!
*I bought a bag of almonds and golden rasins. You can also just used chopped nuts such as walnuts, but the golden raisins work so well in this salad.
**Salad can also be made raw, I just like the kale to be softened a little.