Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, and I try to put it on my family table on a somewhat regular basis. We eat it sautéed, baked (kale chips), and in my favorite Tuscan white bean soup. Now, kale salad is a new and favorite way to enjoy this wonderful vegetable.
I happened upon this new salad product at Publix called “Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad.” Chopped broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chicory, kale, roasted pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries are the 7 super foods combined to make this an “open the bag, add the dressing, and serve” option for a nutritionally loaded and delicious salad.
I found several recipes for kale salad/dressing online, and I made my own version, which I share below. This salad costs about $4.00 for one bag, and we use about one and a half bags at one meal. This is a great deal considering how much you would spend to buy, wash, and chop all of these ingredients yourself.
Note: the salad has a packet of poppy seed dressing inside. I used just a bit of it to go along with my homemade vinaigrette, as I love using a creamy dressing AND an oil based. It adds a nice complexity and flavor to the salad. I use just enough poppy seed dressing to lightly coat the salad, which is about 1/3-1/2 of the packet.
Kale Superfood Salad & Dressing
1-2 bags Eat Smart Kale Vegetable Salad
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of one lemon
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB honey (may use agave or maple syrup)
salt & ground pepper to taste
Pour salad into bowl along with nuts and dried fruit. (I added more dried cranberries along with some sugared nuts that I had in the pantry.)
Mix dressing ingredients, shake well, and pour over salad. (If using one bag, you will not use all dressing at once). Pour a bit of poppy seed dressing on salad, tossing well.
Massage dressing into kale with hands making sure all salad is coated with dressing. Let sit for at least 15 minutes before serving.