Salads

Kale Salad 1

Curly Kale

A while back I found this recipe for one of the most delicious dressings I’ve ever tasted.

Warning: A little goes a long way. Even though these are “good fats” you don’t want to overdo it. This recipe makes a lot of dressing, so adjust it accordingly depending on how many people are having the salad. For hubby and, therefore I would cut the recipe in half.

Version #1: (Makes a lot)

Version #2 – HEALTHY GIRLS KITCHEN

Version #3 – Nut Gourmet

Personally, I think this is a lot of almond butter … I would cut way back on the portion of that ingredient.

Ingredients:
2 large heads of curly kale (about 24 ounces)
sesame seeds, hemp seeds, peanuts, almonds or cashews (optional)

Dressing:
1 cup raw almond butter (raw, unsweetened and unsalted) **
1 cup coconut water (or regular water)
¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2) and zest (I used the juice and zest of one large lemon, cause that’s what I had on hand)
2 cloves garlic
fresh, peeled ginger (approximately 1” or ¾ of an ounce)
2 tablespoons low sodium Tamari (soy sauce)
4 pitted dates I used Majool (soaked in water if not soft)
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
If it’s too thick, add some water or even almond or soy milk. I like my dressing the consistency of heavy cream.

Preparation:
In a high powered blender combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Remove the thick, larger stems from the kale and place in a large bowl. Pour 2 cups of the dressing over the kale and using an Ulu blade, massage the dressing into the kale while using the Ulu to finely chop the kale. Sprinkle with seeds or nuts before serving, if desired. Like a woman, this only gets better with age.

This dressing also makes a delicious peanut dip for fresh veggies but you need to cut way back on the water and add some cilantro. http://www.chefajshealthykitchen.com/

** You don’t need to pay for expensive nut butter already made in a jar.

I used one cup of RAW unsalted almonds. You will need a powerful blender to grind them into a “nut butter”. I used a Vita-Mix. You could also use a Blend-Tec. I just threw the almonds in first, then added all the other ingredients on top of them.

Hail to The Kale Reduced Fat Version


Photo by photofarmer on Foter.com / CC BY


OP/12/31/11