Nutritious Kale Salad with Hazelnut-Balsamic Dressing
~ If you are interested in health (and particularly if you are dairy-free and/or vegan), then you really should know about kale. Whether you like it … well, that is a different story altogether. For years I’ve been trying to enjoy the “kale green smoothie” trend. Many friends swear by it, some saying, “maybe your using too much?” But, even with just one leaf, the bitter and what I call “yucky” flavor of kale shines through.
However, while not all of us will agree that kale should be liquefied, that doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty darn tasty in other forms. In fact, I do enjoy plain raw kale salad, when appropriately dressed with a yummy dressing of course!
So what makes kale so fabulous? Here is a quick lowdown on kale from the World’s Healthiest Foods:
- Kale is an awesome bone-builder, packing in an amazing amount of vitamin K (a little known nutrient that our bones require) and a good amount of dairy-free calcium that is fairly well-absorbed.
- Kale has some special cholesterol-lowering benefits, that are most pronounced when you steam the kale (sure, you can steam the kale in this recipe if you wish!), but are still there to a lesser degree in raw kale.
- Kale reportedly lowers your risk of at least five different types of cancer, including bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate.
- Kale contains over 45 different flavonoids in kale, combining both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to help reduce chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.
So enjoy this delicious kale salad, for both its taste and its health benefits.
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