Winter Kale Salad
A flavorful seasonal salad that is super easy and packed with delicious fruits and vegetables that are in peak season! This salad is highly nutritious, making it a perfect recipe to include to make your new year's resolutions a success!
Hello 2021! Who is ready for this year? I sure am. One of my goals every year is to get back to eating my healthiest, due to the fact that during the month of december my diet pretty much consists of cookies (still vegan of course) and hot chocolate. You could say I'm in need of a cleanse. However I am not talking some juice cleanse, or a 24 hour fast, etc. I am talking a cleanse where I get back to eating real food, fruits and vegetables from the ground. I feel such a difference in how I feel, physically and mentally when I am eating the purest foods. The fog goes away, my joints stop aching, I don't get headaches, I stop bloating, etc. You may not experience these same feelings, and I am in no position to give out specific nutrition advice, but I can promise that including more fruits and vegetables in their unprocessed forms will make you feel better no matter what.
"But eating healthy is expensive". Nope, not at all. Eating healthy is actually extremely affordable. First cutting out meat and replacing that protein with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains will save your arteries, and your money. What else can you do to save money and eat healthy? Quit dairy, and I mean all dairy. Cheese can be ridiculously expensive, and not filling at all. Think of how many things have cheese added to them for no reason, just extra calories and extra money out of your wallet. Alright so we've established that you can probably be eating less of these, but what can you do if you're already doing this and looking to save some extra cash? EAT SEASONAL PRODUCE. I can not stress this enough, eating seasonally is so inexpensive. For example this past week I went to the store and made the mistake of buying zucchini even though I knew it was out of season. I had 5 small and I mean tiny zucchini maybe 2lbs tops and they ended up costing $6!! Huh? In the summer you can buy 6lbs of zucchini for $2! If I had opted for a winter squash I could have saved major cash and gotten a higher quantity of vegetables.
After I had my zucchini incident, I learned from my mistakes and decided to make a delicious and healthy salad using only seasonal produce. I honestly prefer summer produce the most, but winter does have some star contestants, all of which are featured in this recipe. This recipe can also be switched up a little by cooking the kale, and then topping with the fresh fruit if you prefer cooked kale over fresh. Let's get to the recipe!
Total time 10 minutes
- 1 to 2 Bunches kale
- 3 Green pears
- 1 Pomegranate
- 1 Cup chopped pecans
- 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons oil (Works best with a healthy oil such as avocado, flax, or hemp)
- 1 Tablespoon date syrup
Begin by thoroughly washing your kale. Once washed, massage with 1 Tablespoon of oil in a large bowl.
Next chop the pears into cubes and add to the kale. Add the pomegranate seeds and pecans.
In a separate bowl add the remaining ingredients and whisk together until smooth. pour over the salad and serve!