Kale – Packed with Power!

kaleMost likely you have heard about kale being a shining star amongst veggies. It’s true and that is because kale is a powerhouse of packed nutrients. Kale is rich in Vitamin K, A, C, B6, folate, fiber, manganese, copper, tryptophan, calcium, potassium, lutein (high in chlorophyll – which reduces inflammation.) Click here to check out how kale can be supportive in achieving healthy looking & feeling skin.

This article is also useful in learning more about skin care and kale’s influence on healthy & glowing skin.

There are several kale salad recipes out there but this one is my favorite and it was created by a dear friend of mine, Tacy. I have played with it and made some substitutions, you are encouraged to do the same!

 Anytime Kale Salad

3 cups finely sliced raw kale
1 cup shredded raw beets
1 tsp. sea salt
½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ lb. goat feta cheese (optional)

Dressing:
¼ cup olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp tamari
1 heaping Tblsp kalamata olive spread (tapenade)

Thoroughly wash raw kale, cut out the center stem, break into chunks and put through a salad spinner. Next, slice the kale into thin strips and place in a large bowl.
Peel raw beets, cut into chunks and shred in a food processor. Place in bowl with kale.
Sprinkle salt over the kale and beets. Using hands, tenderly wedge the salt in for one minute. This has a “pickling” effect, and takes some of the bitter taste out of the kale.
Add walnuts.

Mix together ingredients for dressing. Place salad and dressing in refrigerator until ready to eat. Before serving, add feta cheese and dressing, to taste. Yum!

 The picture shows kale & beets from our garden (thanks to my husband and amazing gardener, Dave.) In my book, it doesn’t get any better 🙂

 ***Note: double this recipe if you are taking to a friend’s house, it goes quickly.

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