I Can’t Stop Eating This Kale Salad

29 Jan

My son says: "I Can't Stop Eating This Kale Salad"

I love this salad too.  Actually, it was this same salad that made me a raw food convert.  This  recipe is adapted from Ani Phio’s Evergreen Salad in Sunflower Thyme Marinade in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Cookbook and reprinted here with her kind permission.  Here is how we enjoy this salad:

2 big bunches of Lacinato Kale, washed well, stemmed, rolled into a bunch and sliced thinly

Puree the following altogether to make the dressing:
1 clove garlic
1 tbspn apple cider vinegar
1 tbspn dried thyme
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for a few hours, drained and rinsed
1 cup extra virgin olive oil (I’ve also tried 3/4 oil and 1/4 water with success if you don’t want all the oil)
sea salt (I usually put 1-3 tsp, 1 tsp per pound of stemmed and sliced kale for the salad)

Toss kale in marinade and refrigerate overnight.  You can eat it fresh but it  is really best eaten the next day to allow the flavors to blend well together.  Our son loves this salad!

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29 Responses to “I Can’t Stop Eating This Kale Salad”

  1. Carissa Leventis-Cox January 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    A friend asked me what substitutes are there for kale if not available in your country. Anything dark green and edible, like collards, spinach, swiss chard… In the Philippines kangkong and malunggay.

    • Paul and Family May 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      I’m so glad you included that last bit, we are vacationing in the Philippines and just last night was looking for Kale to make some ” mean green juice” to straighten us out after airline food. Thank you so very much, it isn’t always easy being the outsider but it helps me appreciate what my wife goes through back in America.

  2. Liberty February 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    cannot wait to try this!!
    LIB

    • Yvonne October 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      OMG delicious, but I can’t leave a recipe alone…I used Blood Orange Olive oil, almonds in salad and dressing, no sunflower seeds (flax seed in dressing instead) dried cranberries and red onions in salad. Spectacular…I feel healthier already.

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