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Massaged Kale Citrus Salad–Salty & Sweet & Spicy

organic-cabbage-plant-1255128-mKale is one of those leafy greens that are so good for you (in moderation), but a lot of folks just don’t like it. It has a bitter ‘bite’ to it that’s tough to take for those who aren’t into eating things that are very ‘green’ tasting. I’ve learned how to prepare kale many different ways, though, in order to make it taste better and let you enjoy the pleasure of eating it while getting the awesome plant-based nutrition that you may be wanting in your diet.

Kale chips are one of my all-time favorite snacks, super easy to make. It is, however, expensive and that’s a downside, but it’s so worth it. I make dehydrated kale chips, baked kale chips, fried kale chips, kale chips with nutritional yeast that taste like cheesy chips, kale chips with sea salt and pepper, kale chips with spices… I think you get the idea that I like kale chips.

But if you’re wanting to try kale more natural but still without that bite that is off-putting, then massaging kale with some citrus prior to serving it solves the problem easily and tastily. You can use lemon or lime if you want something that’s more tart or orange juice for something more sweet. Orange juice takes a little longer to take the bite out of the kale, so I use a combination of orange juice and lime juice to massage those juices into the kale and get that bite out faster than orange juice alone, and with a fresh, bright pop from the lemon juice too.

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Vegetarian Caprese Appetizer or Snack

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Made this as appetizers for the family the other night during our vegetarian challenge. They were a wonderful, fresh, flavorful little treat before the meal. These were pretty and fancy enough they’d be great for a dinner party with friends or on an amuse bouche tray or something. If you don’t do cheese, avocado replaces the mozzarella for some smooth creaminess.

Simple:

  • heirloom or roma tomato slices,
  • a leaf of basil for each slice,
  • a piece of avocado slice for each tomato,
  • then drizzle with good-quality balsamic vinegar and a high-quality olive oil and
  • top with some ground sea salt.
  • Cracked or ground black pepper would be good too.

You’ll see we added a small dab of raw goat’s milk chipotle chevre cheese on my version, but you don’t have to put that on yours...

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