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May 6, 2014 by Leanne Vogel April 11, 2017Fresh greens smothered in a vegan salad dressing made creamy with avocado and almond milk. Hallie Klecker is a cookbook author and Certified Nutrition Educator. She is the creator of the gluten-free website Daily Bites, where she shares her passion for cooking with natural foods. In her cookbooks, Super Healthy Cookies and The Pure Kitchen, and her e-book, Crazy for Kale, she transforms clean, unprocessed ingredients into delicious meals and treats. When I think of spring, my mind immediately jumps to fresh salads, vibrant smoothies, cleansing juices, and an abundance of raw foods. As the warmer months approach, vegetables take center stage at most of my meals. Over the years, I’ve even fallen head over heels for leafy greens. (Three cheers for kale!) But it wasn’t always this way. I didn’t grow up loving salads or guzzling green drinks. Becoming a natural foodie—or what I like to call a “nutrient seeker”—has been a progression for me that has taken many years. I’ve learned that the most positive transformations in life—the ones that have the most longevity and bring the most joy—don’t happen overnight. They’re not quick. They’re not always easy. But they’re worth it! In the spirit of sharing my irrevocable love for greens with you, I thought I’d share my Green Goddess Kale Slaw. If you’re skeptical about dark leafy greens—especially the head honchos like kale—then I’ve got a great tip for you: just add avocado. Much like chocolate, avocados make just about everything better! If you’d like to turn this slaw into a main meal, just add some cooked chicken (or chickpeas and quinoa for a vegan version). I’ve served this salad at several of my cooking classes. The response from students is almost always something like, “Whoa! I thought I was going to hate this, but it’s delicious!”One woman even told me recently that while she doesn’t cook and probably won’t start any time soon, she will without a doubt be making this salad for all of her summer potlucks. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.