Recipe: Shredded Kale Salad with Avocado & Grapefruit
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I hope to make 2013 the year of the raw kale salad. While kale has been a regular part of my meals for quite some time, I’m usually sauteing, braising, or baking it (or throwing it into a smoothie). I’ve only recently started started using it as a base for my salads. It’s been a great change, and I really can’t urge you enough to try it for yourself.
Since raw kale is tougher and heartier than lettuce and spinach, massaging it with a little olive oil will do wonders to turn this superfood into a winning salad. Yup, that’s right, I want you to massage your kale. Before adding the other ingredients to the bowl, drizzle just a little bit of olive oil over the greens and dive in with your hands. Rub it all together to break down the leaves a bit, making them more tender.
Shredded Kale Salad with Avocado & Grapefruit
What You'll Need:
3 cups kale leaves, shredded
1 avocado, sliced
1 pink grapefruit, sectioned (here's how!)
2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
Fresh ground pepper
What to Do:
- First, make the vinaigrette: Combine grapefruit juice, orange juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes, then slowly whisk in the olive oil. Set aside.
- Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle with a small amount of vinaigrette or olive oil. Massage the kale with the olive oil or dressing for a few minutes, or until the leaves begin to break down a bit and become more tender.
- Arrange a bed of kale on each plate. Top with grapefruit and avocado slices. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and drizzle with vinaigrette.
What's your favorite way to use grapefruit or kale in the winter? Share your ideas in the comments below!
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Yes! 2013 is the year of KALE. It's my top brain food these days @Drewramseymd. Check out @50ShadesofKale for more recipes. This one is awesome - super simple and three of my fav foods. Thanks Kelli
I've been using kale in place of spinach leaves in my salad for a while and love it. I use apple cider vinegar as the dressing. It's healthy, hearty and delicious!!! I did read somewhere you shouldn't eat it raw as it is so dense it's a bit hard for digestion.... Are you aware of that at all?
Great article thanks for sharing it, I'm very interested in the health benefits of ACV (Apple cider vinegar) here is a link to a great blog i found last week win tons of information and videos on the subject. Hope you find it useful <a href="http://applecidervinegarhub.org/">Apple Cider Vinegar Blog</a> Nice one guys take care :)
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