Kale salads are so hot now that any fashionable restaurant in Manhattan that aspires to be something great knows they must serve a great kale salad. There are a number of kale salad recipes our there. This one is our favorites. Kale is becoming increasingly popular across the world, not just because it tastes great, but for its nutritional benefits. Kale is packed full of vitamins, and it’s perfect to use in juices, smoothies, soups and salads.
Raw kale salads suit vegans and people who are sticking to a gluten free diet as well. They can be detoxifying for your body, and leave you feeling great. Salads made with kale are popular for their health benefits, but also because the recipes produce beautiful bowls of color that will look great for guests. While curly kale is the most often used for kale salad, experiment with the other types of kale.
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With so many health benefits to kale, it’s no wonder this leafy green has become the newest ‘superfood.’ Kale is rich in antioxidants with vitamins A, C and K. It’s also rich in iron, fiber and calcium. There are many different kale salad recipes out there, as kale goes well with anything from walnuts, dried cranberries, apple, quinoa, cucumber or tomatoes.
It goes without saying that for any kale salad recipe, you will need a kale salad dressing that accompanies it well. You can also try raw salad if you’re on a raw food diet or just want to make the most of the nutrients which are in your ingredients, especially the kale.
The beauty of kale is that there are so many dressings that would match. You can keep things simple with just a splash of olive oil and balsamic for your kale. You could sweeten the dressing for kale salad by adding a teaspoon of honey to the mix, or adding a punch of flavor with some crushed garlic. Another way to add garlic to your kale salad dressing is to create the dressing about six hours beforehand and put it in a jar. Pop one whole clove of garlic into the jar and let the dressing sit in the fridge. When it’s ready to pour on the salad, it’ll have a lovely garlic taste to it. Using balsamic vinegar in your helps to break down the fibers in the kale salad leaves, therefore making it softer and easier to chew.
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