Raw Kale salad

When I first encountered “healthy-living blogs” I did not see the point. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of these blogs where the person takes a picture of every single thing they eat, every single day. Not only did this seem like a complete waste of time, it seemed a little unhealthy and obsessive.

But I guess if blogs like that are helping people live healthier lives and make better food choices, there’s no harm in that. And if someone out there wants to take a picture of their oatmeal every single morning for months on end, well, it doesn’t affect me. And among all those oatmeal pictures, there are actually some great ideas, like this kale salad.

I’m not even sure how I ended up on the blog (I think maybe somehow through twitter), but a raw kale salad immediately piqued my interest. You can eat raw kale? I had no idea! And with lemon, avocado, and olive oil, that’s a whole lot healthier than the average lettuce and vinaigrette salad! So I guess those healthy living blogs definitely shouldn’t all be written off. I’m kind of excited to see what other novel (and of course, healthy!) recipes are floating around out there.

(adapted from Healthy Ashley)

1 bunch curly kale
salt and pepper
1 lemon
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 avocado
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 small zucchini, julienned
2 tbsp sunflower seeds

Wash the kale and pat dry with a clean towel or spin in a salad spinner.

Remove the leaves from the tough stems and tear into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, and add the juice from the lemon and the olive oil.

Cut the avocado into small cubes and add those. Toss with your hands, and massage the avocado and dressing into the leaves. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, zucchini and sunflower seeds and toss before serving.


6 Responses to “Raw Kale salad”

  1. 1 J April 26, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Your comment about the healthy blogs is hilarious, and totally true. But I also agree, that there are sometimes great recipes lurking amongst the day after day of raw oatmeal mornings and roasted veggie dinners. Thanks for making it easier by consolidating the good stuff here! 😀

  2. 2 Cara April 26, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I just had a raw kale salad yesterday at Whole Foods (hubs and I stopped in for lunch, needing something quick and healthy!) This one had quinoa, walnuts, some very finely diced rhubarb and a ginger vinaigrette. And, it was really, really good

  3. 3 Katerina April 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I actually read a handful of “Healthy Living” blogs and a couple of great recipes have come out of them. Raw Kale salad is one I adapted from that genre as well. IT is different and good!

  4. 4 Q. April 26, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I DEFINITELY agree w/ you re: “healthy living” blogs. It’s very obsessive and weird to me. If you’ve seen a bowl of oatmeal, you’ve seen a bowl of oatmeal. Yes, I do find good recipes form time to time but mostly they seem silly to me (and most of it looks like rabbit food).
    All in favor of blogs that share healthy recipes though – and I do have leftover kale in the fridge that must be eaten!

  5. 5 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) April 27, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Yup, getting tired of oatmeal-every-morning photos. 🙂

  6. 6 amanda August 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    this looks and sounds great! thank you for posting. im a vegetarian/raw foodist, so this is perfect.

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