Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Perfect Picnic in the Park! Strawberry-Kale Summer Salad

It was the perfect day to cook a nice, healthy and fresh vegan dinner, pack it up and stroll to the park with my two favorite guys.

What's makes a gorgeous day, a picnic, a handsome hubby and a silly dog better??  A vegan heart healthy meal is what!

I still have tons of strawberries, so why not make a nice summer raw salad?  Delicious, light and stimulating to the taste buds.  Kale is one of my favorite foods and is always in my plantry.

There is so much talk about it being the "Queen of Greens" or the a "nutritional powerhouse".  And there are tons of reasons why.  Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat and packed with antioxidants, iron, calcium and vitamins A, C & K.  On top  of that it is an anti-inflammatory and is great for cardiovascular support.

Raw Strawberry-Kale Summer Salad                                     

Because of the high fiber content, you may want to dress this salad an hour before you serve.  This will allow the kale to wilt a bit and taste much better!
Salad Ingredients/Directions
2 c kale (de-stemmed)
10 strawberries (quartered)
1/4 red onion sliced
1/4 c blanched raw almonds

mix all together in a bowl and dress with homemade dressing (recipe to follow)

Salad Dressing
1/4 c evoo
1/4 c balsamic
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp raw agave syrup
1 sliced scallion.

throw all ingredients in a blender and serve with salad

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