Kale Salad (Whole Foods Knock-off)

I’m in love with a raw kale salad at Whole Foods. Perhaps you know the one – curly kale, dried cranberries, pine nuts. It is my go-to pick up salad when I need something yummy in a hurry.
The other day I decided to buy the ingredients and give this salad a whirl at home. Although I took some creative liberties while trying to mimic this salad, the results were fantastic! I used two large bunches of curly kale and ate the whole batch in 24 hours! Now that’s a lot of kale, which is great since the health benefits of kale are hard to argue. This leafy green beauty is high in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Iron, Omega 3’s and Vitamin C. Make a big batch because this salad keeps well in the fridge and will make a delicious quick lunch during your busy day.

Raw Kale Salad (Whole Foods Knock-off)

2 bunches of curly kale
1/8 tsp liquid Stevia (optional)
Juice from 2 lemons, squeezed
1/8 cup olive oil
1 cup dried cranberries (Make sure you use an organic brand without high fructose corn syrup. I found mine in the bulk section of Whole Foods.)
1 cup raw walnut pieces or pine nuts (whichever you like better)

Wash, dry and tear kale (minus those fibrous ribs) into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil and Stevia (if using). Massage the kale. (Yep, you read that right…massage! “Massaging the kale” will basically do to it what a deep tissue massage will do for you, transform it from tough and bitter to smooth and sweet!) Massaging the kale is easy: using clean hands, just give your salad a rub down with the tips of your fingers for about 3-5 minutes. Once you have finished this bit of “foreplay” with your greens, add cranberries and walnuts and serve or chill. Everyone has different taste buds so if the recipe is a bit too sweet, add a little more oil or a shake or two of sea salt. In contrast, if it isn’t sweet enough, add a couple more drops of Stevia.

Enjoy!

-Steph

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