Have you ever ordered a restaurant salad with high hopes of chowing down on a huge bowl of greens and instead, get a measly amount of veggies swimming in a pool of dressing? How they think this is appealing is beyond me.
Well, this salad is the complete opposite to that.
It’s loaded with greens, it’s packed with nutrients, and you don’t need a rubber dinghy to make your way across your plate. It’s the Queen of all salads, The Mack Daddy of them all.
But you’re thinking, ‘Leanne, it’s just a salad… what makes this one so special?’
I wondered the same thing when I had it for the first time at One Lucky Duck in New York – a restaurant that goes against the dainty restaurant salad crowd. It was like magic on my taste buds – the lemon, healthy oils, fresh herbs… the… mint? Mint in a salad? Weird. Who else is totally boggled by this concept? I know that I was! But it works so perfectly here, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This salad also introduced me to pumpkin seed oil. Have you heard of it? I did a bit of research and learned that pumpkin seed oil has loads of nutrients and has a high content of omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. The best part is that it’s half the price of flax and hemp oils. Whoop! I like that
And, remember the vegan shaved Parmesan that we made earlier this week? Throw it on this baby and you’ll find it hard to stock up on kale fast enough.
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- 1 cup raw kale with stems removed
- 4 cups mixed salad greens
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts/shelled seeds
- 1 handful each the following fresh herbs: cilantro, flat leaf parsley, and mint
- 1 serving of Vegan Shaved Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoon raw pumpkin seed oil
- ¼ tsp grated fresh ginger
- ½ garlic clove, minced
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- For the salad, rinse the kale under hot water for 30 seconds or so to soften up and make it easier on digestion. Chop fresh herbs and add all salad ingredients to a large bowl.
- For the dressing, add all ingredients to a jar, shake and pour over your salad.
If you do not want to make the Parmesan, just sub out with 2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast flakes added right to the salad.
A bit of information about kale that I thought would share (and why I recommended running it under hot water as opposed to massaging it with oil)…
The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, making it easier to digest.
I like to begin by making the dressing and setting it aside for the flavors to develop. This dressing just gets better with age.
Cilantro (great for cleansing), parsley (antioxidants), mint (benefits your digestion) have major super power abilities, so don’t skimp on the fresh herbs here. Load ‘er up!
Betcha can’t eat just one