Summer is here and all my body seems to want are salads. Of course on a hot day like today I’m definitely going to listen.
So I was starting to wonder where all the humidity in Toronto went, although I really didn’t miss it, but it has arrived. Thankfully the humidity is actually tolerable today. I’m sure people who work outside, like my Mr., would beg to differ though.
Anyway I absolutely love this salad. I’ve made it 3 times in the past week. Its so light but filling and has just the right amount of sweetness to it. Its perfect for the summer.
Kaling me softly, don’t kale my vibe, what doesn’t kale you makes you stronger, kale yeah and that’s all I’ve got, but you get the point. Kale is the queen of the greens and one of my favourites. I know raw kale can be hard for some people to stomach but the trick is to massage it with an acid like lemon and/or vinegar to break down the fibers. This makes it easier to chew and less bitter. Some people should stay away from raw kale or any other raw cruciferous veggies. If you have a known or suspected thyroid problem then you need to cook all members of the cabbage and cruciferous families. They contain goitrogens that displaces iodine in the body which is needed for proper thyroid function. Lightly steaming or sauteeing them will deactivate these goitrogenic compounds making them safe to consume for everyone.
Kale has numerous health benefits and tons of nutrients including vitamins A,C and K. There are 45 different antioxidant flavonoids in kale that have the ability to protect our body from oxidative stress and also provide cancer preventative benefits. Kale has high amounts of vitamin K which regulates our body’s inflammatory processes, important in blood clotting and required for bone health. Vitamin A is important for growth and development. Maintaining healthy skin and vision. Sulfur and fibre content make this green a great detoxifier. Just one cup of kale (which is nothing especially when cooked), contains 180 mg of calcium and is a great source of iron. So eat, juice, blend, or cook up these gems and your body will thank you for it.
I used hemp oil in the dressing because I need to load up on essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6). EFA’s cannot be made by the body so we need to get them through our diet. They are super important for brain function, required for insulin function, improves gut integrity, reduces symptoms of allergies, improves response to stress, required for liver and kidney function, and improve hormone function. They are also required for sperm formation, the female cycle and pregnancy. ( *cough cough * NKC crew) Omega 3 is a great anti-inflammatory. These are just a few highlights of these healthy fats. EFA’s are super healing and important for overall health.
Peach & Avo Kale Salad
3 cups of packed Kale
½ of an avocado
2-3 tbsp. of pine nuts
1 tbsp. of hemp hearts
¼ of a red onion
pinch of salt
2 tbsp. of hemp oil
1½ tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
Splash of water
1. Blend 2 peaches (peeled) , hemp oil, apple cider vinegar and water together until creamy. Set aside.
2. Remove kale from rib and tear into pieces. Show the kale some love and massage 2 tbsp. of dressing onto it and place in the fridge until ready.
3. Slice peach (skin on) and broil in oven for 10-12 mins turning half way.
4. Take kale out of fridge and add sliced avocado, onion, salt and peaches.
5. Top with hemp seeds and pine nuts. Generously add as much dressing as you would like and Enjoy!