Kale and Fruit Salad

This is a delicious recipe that comes from  Debbie Tyler of Bright Eyed Health. Debbie is a raw food chef and I recently had this salad. What a great way to get into the freshness of Spring!

 

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Ingredients:

1 bunch kale

1/2 cup strawberries, sliced

1/2 cup mandarin orange segments (packed in juice)

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Sesame seeds to garnish

 

For Dressing:

1 tablespoon red onion, minced

1 large lemon, juiced

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons water

1/3 cup olive oil

 

Directions:

Prepare the kale: Pull curly leaves off of the stem, discarding the stem. Rinse kale in large bowl of cold water. Dry with salad spinner or paper towels. Chop the kale into 1/2 inch pieces and place in large salad bowl.

Prepare the vinaigrette: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the onions, lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard, honey, water, salt and pepper. Using a wire whisk, slowly drizzle in the olive oil while mixing to emulsify properly.

Drizzle 3-4 tablespoons of dressing over kale. Using your hands, massage the kale for 1 minute or until it begins to wilt. The combination of the acid from the lemon juice, salt and the heat of your hands will tenderize the kale leaves. Taste and add more dressing as needed. You may have some dressing left over. It’s great on lettuce, too!

Add the strawberries, oranges and walnuts and sprinkle sesame seeds.

Enjoy!