The Harvest Kale Salad is a perfect seasonal dish to eat healthier on holidays.
The holiday season has made its way away again. And we all know what comes with the holidays, yes, you guess right, great food. But when you think of holiday meals, what comes to mind for a great side dish? Let me guess mashed potatoes, stuffing, rice, etc. And how about a delicious seasonal salad to lighten up the table? Let´s talk about the Harvest Kale Salad.
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I would like to share with you a recipe that I call the Harvest Kale Salad. Kale has been growing in popularity over the last few years. It’s nutritious and delicious. But if you don’t know much about Kale’s benefits, I will tell you more about them in this article. The other key ingredient is the seasonal pomegranate; I will also be covering its benefits and why this salad should be added as a side dish, making it a unique dish on our table.
Kale is a trendy green leafy vegetable that has many beneficial properties. Kale contains sulforaphane which works to detoxify the liver and protect it from oxidative damage. Kale also contains indoles, which are natural plant chemicals that have been found to combat cancer cells. By consuming more Kale, we enhance the ability to remove heavy metals from our bodies. It also plays a vital role in helping with digestion, getting to our happy weight, and reducing inflammation in the body. And it is not very hard to add it to your holiday dishes.
Some of the ways that you can add it to your dish are by:
- Making my Harvest Kale Salad.
- Including it in the stuffing, and I’m sure no one will know the difference.
- We can also use it as a spinach substitute; basically, any dish that requires spinach admits Kale as a substitute.
- We can also bake it in the oven.
- Or add it in a cornbread recipe
Many of us tend to eat more during the holidays than we would typically eat throughout the year. However, we may not realize that we are setting ourselves up to begin to feel our stomach expanding; once that happens, it starts to push against other organs, making us uncomfortable. This discomfort can take the form of feeling tired, sluggish or exhausted.
Therefore, eating more pomegranate, especially around the holiday time, is excellent. This fruit improves our digestive system and allows us to absorb more nutrients from the foods we are eating.
Pomegranates are also an excellent cure for regulating our immune system. Some recent studies show that since there is a high dosage of vitamin C in pomegranate, eating more during the holiday season can reduce inflammation in the mouth and throat. Which may help us feel better while we’re suffering from sore throats or coughs and may also help fight off any illnesses.
As the holiday approaches, the main thing we want to understand is that we can enjoy the holidays while remaining healthy and safe. Implementing these two critical ingredients in our dishes will help us achieve both of these goals.
Let’s start with the recipe!
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 heads kale shredded (remember to remove the stem and the hardest parts)
- 2 honey crisp apples thinly sliced
- 1 pomegranate the arils
- 1/2 cup vegan feta cheese crumbled (sub for slivered almonds)
For the Harvest Vinaigrette
- 1/2 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 shallot thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 Medjool date
- 1 pinch quality salt
- 1 pinch black pepper freshly grounded
- Prepare the vinaigrette. Heat a medium skillet over high heat. When heated add the olive oil and the shallots, cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly. Add the apple cider vinegar, date Medjool, and thyme. Season with salt, and pepper to taste.
- Meanwhile, in a large salad bowl, combine all the salad ingredients.
- Pour the vinaigrette over the salad, tossing to combine. Top the salad with the pumpkin seeds, and enjoy!