How to Make Kale Extra Delicious!

This Tuesday, I am participating in a Link Up with a fellow blogger, Lisa from The Skinny on Health to provide you with Fit Tip Tuesday!

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Today is all about Kale! Are you shocked?
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Probably not, considering I’ve made my love for kale very apparent in past posts:
Kale is high in vitamin A,C & K and is a source of calcium. I love it because it can be used in so many different ways. It’s great for both sweet or savoury dishes. Today I will bring you two new sweet kale salad recipes that I tried this week that were oh so delicious!

Apple Cranberry Maple Balsamic Kale Salad:

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Makes 1 Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Cups Kale Chopped
  • 1/2 Apple, Shredded
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Cranberries
  • 6 Maple Pecans, chopped (I bought mine but you could make your own with this recipe)
  • 1 Tbsp Feta
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/8 tsp Dijon Mustard

Directions:

  1. In a heated large pot add small amount olive oil or use cooking spray, add kale and allow to sautee about 5 minutes (This step is optional, if you prefer raw kale you can use that as well)
  2. Top sautéed kale with 1/2 apple shredded, maple pecans, dried cranberries & feta cheese
  3. In small container combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup & dijon mustard. Mix well & add to kale salad
  4. Enjoy this delicious sweet kale salad!

Roasted Sweet Potato & Beet Quinoa Kale Salad

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Makes 1 Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Quinoa
  • 3-4 cups Kale, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Sweet Potato, Cubed
  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Beets
  • 1/3 Cup Chickpeas (can use canned drained & rinsed or make your own from dried state)
  • 2 Tbsp Goat Cheese
  • 2.5 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/8 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Prepare roasted beets, see my previous post for directions or if you have some frozen prepared, defrost beets. Add defrosted beets to cookie sheet lined with tinfoil. Spray with small amount olive oil and roast at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes
  2. Peel and cube sweet potato (I used 2 sweet potatoes, the extras I will have as leftovers). Add to bowl, add about 1/2 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp brown sugar & 1.5 tsp cinnamon and toss well. Add to cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Roast in oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until soft. Turn half way through cooking time. (The sweet potato I used was a white sweet potato, totally bought this by accident but it was equally delicious to a normal sweet potato)
  3. Add 1/4 cup quinoa to pot with 1/2 cup water. Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer, cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes or until quinoa is soft and transparent.
  4. In a heated large pot add small amount olive oil or use cooking spray, add kale and allow to sautee about 5 minutes
  5. Top sautéed kale with beets, sweet potato, chickpeas & goat cheese
  6. In small container combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup & dijon mustard. Mix well & add to kale salad

I gave you the recipes for 1 salad but it’s so easy to scale these recipes up to suit your needs. Especially with the beet & sweet potato salad, you will have left over roasted vegetables if you are making just one salad. I didn’t mind this at all because it made for a delicious lunch today!

How are you staying fit this week?

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4 thoughts on “How to Make Kale Extra Delicious!

  1. That salad sounds delicious. I am looking forward to trying that soon. We (husband & I) like kale and I cook it frequently. Lately we have been cooking using power greens – they are good, too.

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