Kale is an incredible leafy green and is reported to be one of the most nutritious plants around. It is packed with phytonutrients some of which have medicinal properties. This leafy green belongs to the cabbage family. You might not be aware that there are different types of kale. The edges of the leaves can be curly or smooth in shape while the leaves can be purple or green in color. The most common form of kale (Scot's kale) is the green and curly leaf kind and this is easy to find at any grocery store or produce market.
Kale is loaded with Vitamins A, K, C and B6 and it contains the minerals manganese, calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium. It also contain a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha linolenic acid (ALA). Moreover, kale contains powerful antioxidants in the form of flavonoids and polyphenols. Antioxidants are very important in that they help you to get rid of free radicals. This promotes heart health, lowers blood pressure and decreases inflammation.
In our house, kale salad is a winner and we have it every other day for lunch or dinner. Below, I have included one of my recipes for you to give a try. I really think this is my favorite.
Best Kale Salad - Serves 4
- Toss the kale with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Set aside for an hour or so.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon, vinegar and shallot.
- In a large bowl, toss together chopped kale, fruit, walnuts, chopped onion and grated carrots.
- Toss the salad with the oil/vinegar dressing. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.