August 7, 2013

Kale + Cranberry Salad

Y'all know I'm all about simple. Right?

Y'all also know how passionate I am about fueling my body with the most nutritious foods. Right?

Ok...for the most part...anyways! ;) 

Whatdya get when you combine simple + healthy?

Well...if you read the title of this post, you would know you get a Kale + Cranberry Salad... and it's literally...as easy and delicious as it sounds.

5 years ago, you could have handed me a bunch of kale and I would have never known what it was. I would have tasted it and hated it and never wanted it again. In fact, you probably couldn't have paid me to actually eat kale and pretend to like it. 

Fast forward to now. Obviously...I know what kale is but more so, I've learned just how beneficial kale is to your health and also, ways to actually enjoy it!

Kale Quickies:
  • Highest antioxidant capacity of all the greens. Antioxidants fight free radicals (the bad, cancer-causing stuff).
  • Excellent source of vitamins A ("A" for awesome for skin), C ("C" for collagen-builder and immune booster) calcium (bone builder), carotene and lutein (both excellent nutrients for the eyes and for reducing the risk of macular degeneration).
  • LOADED with fiber. Think "regular". ;)
  • One of the most important foods to buy organic. Remember: the thinner the skin, the more important to buy organic. For example, kale has no "skin"...you eat it as is. Same with all greens. On the other hand, oranges and bananas both have a thick skin that you don't eat. While it's always ideal to buy these organic, well, I know how expensive that can be and for someone who doesn't have an neverending bank account, I know that buying 100% organic 100% of the time is sometimes impossible. Do what you can and don't kick yourself if you can't. (If you learn one thing from me...I hope it's that you learn to always, always purchase organic greens.)

Okay. Okay. Okay.

Enough with the Bill Nye stuff. Here's what you'll need:
1 bunch organic kale | 1 C dried cranberries | 1 C golden raisins | 3/4 C almond | 3/8 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Rinse your kale and cut it into about 2 inch pieces. Toss the thick, veiny base of the stalks. Ain't nobody got time fo' dat.

Find the largest bowl in your house (seriously...my kale was so fluffy I thought I was going to have to resort to using my bathtub as my mixing bowl) and combine all ingredients. 

If you're a fan of lemon juice and/or sea salt (raises hand), feel free to add a little to your mix. It's not completely necessary but sometimes I need a little somethin' somethin' to lessen the taste of the olive oil. Lemon juice and sea salt do just that! 


Toss yo' salad and just like that my friends...you have just made your very first Kale + Cranberry Salad! Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving because, afterall, who wants a hot salad?

Enjoy as a side dish or if you're me, eat a ton of it for lunch with a side of fresh fruit because you're too lazy to heat up your leftovers. ;)

There.
Don't say I never did anything for you. ;)
 En. Friggin. Joy.

15 comments:

  1. This sounds & looks SO good!

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  2. A. Dont you love you can pout olive oil like that at HEB
    B. Kale is scaryyyyy. I dont know why. Ill have to try it in a more none threatening way... ya know like make some one else make it for me!

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  3. This looks delish. Kale and I have a tricky relationship-- I usually like it when someone else prepares it. Attempted Kale chips at least three times, and once was too burnt, once was soggy, and the other time didn't work out well either. Maybe salad's a better way to go. ;)

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  4. Ok that sounds SO good. I just started clean eating becuase I have GOT to drop this twin/baby weight now that we approach their 1st Birthday & so far it is killing me. Going to have to go back through your archives and check out some inspiration. All while staring and pictures of VS swim suit models and reminding myself how it will pay off in the end.

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  5. Yum looks so delicious! I absolutely love kale but I just don't eat it enough, will definitely have to try this :)

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  6. Yummmmm! Hi, dinner tonight!

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  7. this salad looks soooo divine!!! i need to eat more kale in my life!

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  8. That sounds delish! I haven't been brave enough to try kale yet so this sounds perfect!

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  9. Yum, I love kale!! Also, your photos turned out beautifully! xoxo

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  10. Delicious! I love kale salads. The photos look great ;)

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  11. This looks good but I'm terrified of kale! Last time I bought it I tried to make kale chips and bleh. Not sure if I overcooked or what but they were nasty and bitter. Maybe I'll try kale again with this recipe...or you could just come make it for me?! :)

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  12. Mmm, looks yummy! I just recently had kale for the first time and was surprised that I liked it!

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  13. Girl I am so with you! I just blogged about my Weight loss/veggie smoothie that I make everyday and KALE is a definite ingredient. It's such a power food.

    This salad looks great and you take stellar pictures.

    xo

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  14. I've had Kale chips, but I haven't actually tried fresh kale. I need to get on that!

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  15. This looks delish! Does kale have a different taste than other greens? I haven't had the guts to try it yet...

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