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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Yummy Kale Salad Recipe

This is one of my favorite summer salads to make. It's simple, easy and super tasty! 




Ingredients

Salad
  • 4 cups finely chopped kale, ribs removed 
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup edamame beans, cooked and cooled
  • A few carrot shreds
  • Garnish: Cherry Tomatoes

Dressing
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried Italian herb blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions
  1. Add all dressing ingredients to a large salad bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Place kale, chickpeas, cranberries, shredded carrots and edamame into large bowl.
  3. Add dressing to the salad and mix well to combine.
  4. Serves around 6 people. 

Benefits of Kale
Bone health, cancer prevention, cataract prevention, hyperthyroidism, immune system health. High in vitamin K, A, and C. Kale is a good source of calcium because it contains Boron which helps stop the loss of calcium from the body. Contains indole, which helps regulate hormones. Kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein.

Benefits of Cranberries
Healing power can help: prevent and treat urinary tract infections, protect cells from cancerous changes, and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. They are cousin to the blueberry, and is an incredible antioxidant star. Dried cranberries actually have the most antioxidants, than fresh, bottled drinks, and cocktails. Cranberries help put more flavonoids into your diet. Flavonoids help block damage from free radicals, harmful oxygen molecules that can lead to cancer, heart disease, and other serious conditions.