Easy Kale Salad

Kale Salad

Kale salad is probably one of the fastest, easiest, and best bang-for-your-buck meal.  There’s no oil-based dressing, but the avocado acts as a creamy dressing itself – and it’s better for you than oil!  I love the combination of the tart garlic and lemon with the avocado.   I can eat half of this entire thing in one day, but this easily yields at least 4 portions.  I wouldn’t recommend making this salad ahead for the entire week – it’s really best the day it’s made and maybe one day after that.

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado
5 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 juice of 1 lemon
1 package or 2 large heads of fresh kale, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Recipe:

1) Wash and chop kale, if necessary.  Add to a large bowl.

2) Add pressed garlic (I like to include everything, including the garlic skin – why throw it out?) and lemon

3) Cut avocado in half, remove the seed, and peel.  Squeeze the avocado, half at a time, into the kale salad, grabbing handfuls of the kale and mixing together all ingredients.

That’s it!  This is great as a side-salad.  I also top this with some black beans and salsa for lunch!

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5 replies

  1. I love kale.

    I’m all over this. Thanks!

    • It’s interesting, I’ve been reading the Engine 2 Diet book and they are very much against oil, since it offers no nutritional value and is almost all fat. However, they sing the praises of avocado, which, ironically, is also full of fat but also very good for you. So I don’t really understand, but hey – I love avocado!

      • I’m not going to say anything against the book as I haven’t read it but I can say that it’s one of many books and as with everything there are arguments for and against. For me the millenia of worldwide culinary, cosmetic and mecidinal uses of oil from people is enough :-). As far as I know oil and fat are not the same thing in that there are many types of fat and oils don’t necessarily turn into fat in the body. Plus unrefined oils or cold pressed oils retain their nutrional value and the fat content is soluble in the body which is healthy. I find it amazing that it claims there is no nutritional value, that is like saying that fruit is just fibre or that salt and sodium are the same thing or that all sugar is bad for you because refined White sugar is.

        The body definitely needs natural salt, sugar and water i.e. saline solution to function basically, salt and sugar being full of vitamins and minerals and it needs oil for lubrication. The body is a well oiled machine when working properly and needs oil for the immune system, skin, hair, eyes etc so I don’t understand what the author(s) are implying there.

        Anyway – good for you, avocado is truly a delight and one I didn’t appreciate until I was an adult proper so I missed out on it for quite a whilte 🙂

  2. “I find it amazing that it claims there is no nutritional value, that is like saying that fruit is just fibre or that salt and sodium are the same thing or that all sugar is bad for you because refined White sugar is.”

    I completely agree with you! I think that diet did and is doing the general population a lot of good, as it promotes a whole food/clean eating diet. Nothing wrong with that. However, I draw the line at oil and peanut butter. Not all oil and fat is created equal, and unless you run the risk of certain cardiac diseases, fats from healthy oil and peanuts seems fine. That diet also says that vegans “tend to eat a lot of processed foods.” I mean, I guess this can be true, but it’s a bad generalization, because if all vegans ate was processed foods, their bodies wouldn’t be showing the benefits of their diet.

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