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022 Baby Kale

022 Baby Kale

Recently, I mentioned that we planted kale for the first time ever. We are fortunate enough to be able to sell it at our Local Farmer’s Market, and we have more than enough for all of us to enjoy. :)

We all know kale is very, very good for you. It’s even considered a Superfood! So, knowing kale is so good for you, I thought I would research what exactly makes kale so healthy. Did you know?

Kale is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants to fight cancers.

Kale can help lower bad cholesterol and prevent cancer.

Kale is calcium-rich for healthy bones.

Kale is rich in carotenes to protect eyes.

Kale tastes great! Personally, I really like baby kale.

There are so many great ways to enjoy kale! My favorite way is in a salad mixed with fresh baby spinach, other leafy salad greens, or mixed with Romaine lettuce.

If you haven’t tried kale yet, I strongly recommend giving it a try!

Happy Saturday!

Megamommy ѽ

 

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Strawberry Kale Salad

strawberry kale salad

strawberry kale salad

Welcome to my first blog post about kale!

Never in my life did I think I would be blogging about kale; how much I like kale, or about how good it is. But, here I am, so never say never! :)

So, this is the first year we’ve ever had kale in the garden. I always thought kale was very bitter. But the kale we have planted is called baby kale (or so the seed packet said). This kale is mild and almost sort-of sweet. Not sweet like a carrot, but definitely not bitter, and that’s all that matters!

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 I know kale has been around forever, I know it has been big down South for a very long time, and I know kale is very, very good for you! I also know some kale can be bitter, but I guarantee you this baby kale is wonderful!

What else do I know about kale? I know that we all really enjoy kale at our house, and even my youngest (Sir Picky Pants) loves kale! So we’ve been doing a lot of different types of kale salad lately.

Kale is also a great source of vitamin C! From a mom’s perspective, that’s pretty much all I need to know. :)

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 This fresh crisp kale salad is so refreshing with a nice Summer dinner from the grill. This Strawberry Kale Salad is also one of my favorite spins on kale. If this isn’t your thing, don’t worry, I have other kale salads coming soon.

Strawberry Kale Salad

Ingredients                           

copy of 009 2 cups baby kale (kale leaves, stems removed, thinly sliced)

2 cups baby spinach or torn romaine lettuce

1/2 small, thinly sliced red onion

1 cup fresh halved strawberries

1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds, pecans or walnuts, whichever you prefer 

2-4 tablespoons crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (I did not use Gorgonzola here because my husband is lactose-intolerant. But the Gorgonzola really does add a nice touch to the salad).

DRESSING

Strawberry Poppyseed Simply Dressed by Marzetti (all natural vinaigrette)

* You could make a creamy poppy seed dressing, your favorite vinaigrette, or any dressing you choose. Due to my husband being lactose-intolerant we use a vinaigrette for this salad. Plus, we love the natural taste of this dressing!

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine the kale, baby spinach, red onion and strawberries. Shake the dressing well; drizzle desired amount over salad and toss to coat.

2. Sprinkle with toasted nuts, and crumbled Gorgonzola, if desired.

Makes 4 Servings, for a side salad

* Megamommy Notes

Toasted nuts in general always add a nice touch to a salad. If you are looking for something a really special you could caramelize any nut you want to and sprinkle it on top of the salad right before serving.

 

Megamommy ѽ

 

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