Staying healthy through the colder months is a lot easier when your body has the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. This low-cal salad has blueberries and pomegranate seeds, which are packed with antioxidants, almonds which provide protien, walnut oil, which can help lower cholestoral and cardiovascular diseasease, and of course kale, which is an amazing superfood all by itself. It has tons of fiber, iron, and is rich with Vitamins K, A, and C and Calcuim. As if that weren't enough, it also has antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids, is an anti-inflammitory food, offers cardiovascular support, and is a great detox food. Maybe that kale craze that has been circulating for the last couple years isn't so crazy after all...
Winter Kale Superfood Salad
1 Head Kale
1 Pomegranite, Seeded and Shelled
1/2 Cup Parmesean Reggiano (optional for vegan/light)
1/3 Cup Purple Onion
1 Cup Shredded Carrots
1 Cup Sliced Almonds
1 Cup Blueberries
Directions: Clean Kale well, remove leaves from head, and "de-vein" by cutting out the veins that run down the center of the leaves (this is more fibrous and is difficult to chew), and then chop the rest of the leaves so pieces are no bigger than 1"X1". Shell your pomigranite--see video below. Toss with remaining ingredients and serve with dressing on the side.
Dairy-Free Creamy Lemon Poppyseed Vinaigrette
3 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Cashews
2/3 Cup White Wine Vinegar
4 Tbsp Walnut Oil
3 Tbsp Local Honey (or raw agave nectar for vegan)
2 Tbsp Fresly Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Finely Minced Shallots
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
1.5 tsp Poppyseeds
Directions: Bring water to boil in small saucepan on stovetop. Recuce heat to low and add cashews. Simmer on very low heat for 5 minutes, then turn off heat and allow cashews to soak an additional ten minutes. While they are cooling, you may continue by combining vinegar, shallots, lemon juice, honey and salt in a blender/food processor, and pulse on low until ingredients are combined. Strain cashews and add to mixture, blend until creamy, and slowly add oil as they are blending (this EMULSIFIES the dressing--making it creamy throughout). Remove mixure to serving dish and stir in poppyseeds and freshly cracked pepper.