My Summer Power Kale Salad w/ Avocado Lime Hemp Seed Dressing!
Summer is here and I’m overjoyed. Why? Because it’s that time of the year where I get to enjoy THE best fruit and vegetables this season offers. Juicy fruits such as apricots, plums, figs, yellow and white peaches (white peaches are so awesome), and so on. I made this Summer Power Kale Salad as I wanted something refreshing. The weather here in LA has been a bit tempestuous. This past Saturday I enjoyed beach time with my little ones and it was 72 but the water felt like 60’s. It was an awesome time as usual, but then Sunday rolled around, and the heat showed up as if it had a score to settle. It was HOT!!! So, I sought to make something refreshing with juicy summer fruits added.
This salad is definitely a good for you salad that’s loaded with massaged kale, chickpeas, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, blueberries, nectarines and good for your tummy raw cultured vegetables by Healing Movement. This is not a sponsored post, but I just love Healing Movement’s products. Their raw cultured vegetables come in different varieties such as the Green Blend (green cabbage, daikon, cucumber), Red Blend (red cabbage, carrots, celery, sweet potato), Orange Blend (broccoli, carrots, cucumber - this is the one I used for the salad) and Spicy Blend (green cabbage, daikon, cucumber, cayenne). I am all about tummy health and this is one of the products I use regularly to help with my digestion. Probiotics rule!!
I topped this baby off with a Creamy Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing, which was so tasty. I'm definitely using this dressing for my burgers and veggie fries during the week. Can't wait! Feel free to experiment and add other toppings such as walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, cheese, you name it. The key to a great salad is to load it up with fiber rich ingredients such as dark green leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Just make sure you add a healthy dressing loaded with good fats. Let me tell you that this is a quick salad that you can throw together in less than 20 minutes. Eat this with some whole grain bread and you are set.
Good food for your body, mind and soul.
My Summer Power Kale Salad w/ Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing//serves 4
1 bunch kale (large), rinsed with stems removed, and shredded
Juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup oil (I used coconut oil)
Kosher salt and pepper
2 medium sized nectarines, rinsed and cut into wedges
1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
½ cup sunflower seeds
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup Healing Movements raw cultured vegetables (optional)
Creamy Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing (makes 2 cups)
1 large avocado
Juice of one lime
½ cup hulled hemp seeds
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup water, plus more to achieve desired consistency
salt and pepper to taste
For the dressing, place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
To prepare the salad, in a large bowl, add shredded kale, lemon juice and the coconut oil. Massage the kale until all the leaves start to soften and wilt. The greens should look dark and shiny. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl. Toss and serve with the Creamy Avocado-Lime Hemp Seed Dressing.