I am planning to make this salad for a 4th of July picnic this weekend so I thought it would be perfect to share as my first recipe post.
Green vegetables are one of the most prevalent foods missing from modern diets. Learning to incorporate dark, leafy greens into your diet not only helps build a healthy body but also helps naturally crowd out those foods that don't support a healthy body.
Kale is one of my favorite dark green vegetables. My affection for this vegetable runs so deep that my sister got me a tote bag for Christmas two years ago with the words "Oh Kale Yeah" written across it. I'm not even kidding.
Why do I love kale? It is a nutrient powerhouse and is said to be one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It provides support for the body's detoxification system and has anti-inflammatory benefits. You get so much bang for your buck when you eat this one. Incorporating kale into your diet is a great way to flood your body with nutrients it may be missing.
The most common complaint with starting to eat kale is that it can have a strong and somewhat bitter taste. If you aren't typically a fan of greens that can deter you from trying it. But that's what makes this recipe so amazing - the sweetness from the apples and raisins combined with a creamy mayonnaise-free dressing truly counters any bitterness. It is absolutely delicious and the perfect seasonal salad to put on your holiday weekend menu!
I found this recipe on the Whole Foods site. Here is the ingredient list and a link to get the instructions. The recipe calls to toast the walnuts but I don't bother and it is still delicious. Give it a try!
- 4 cups packed finely chopped raw kale, preferably dinosaur kale
- 1 large red apple, such as Fuji or Honeycrisp, chopped, divided
- 1 cup thinly sliced celery
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped, divided
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons raisins, divided
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons water, more if needed
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Head over to the Whole Foods site to get the instructions by clicking here.