This special Kale and Avocado salad recipe comes from my good friend Lee, an avid organic gardener. She has a very special touch with plants of all kinds, and grows some of the most amazing fruits and vegetables. She also is a master in the kitchen and knows how to use simple, wholesome ingredients to make utterly delicious goodies. This salad is most definitely one of those utterly delicious goodies.
The key to this salad is tearing the kale leaves off of the fibrous stems throughout the leaves and then massaging it once you’ve put the lime juice on. This massaging helps transform the kale’s normally coarse and stiff texture into a much softer and more enjoyable texture. Lee uses Russian Kale when she can find it, and my first time eating this salad it was made with the Russian Kale which I do highly recommend if you can find it as it is milder in taste and texture than standard kale. You can also use baby arugula instead of kale if you want to be able to just dump the greens out of the bag and go. The arugula also gives you a nice peppery taste too.
Kale is a pretty marvelous vegetable. It’s green and leafy, so at some level you know it is a healthy choice, but there is a whole lot of goodness packed into those leaves. Kale is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and even has protein in it! Using kale as the base to this salad provides huge nutritional benefits which are compounded by the healthy fats in the avocados and nuts. This salad is proof that eating healthfully can be done rather easily without sacrificing any of the yumminess we are all so fond of. Still not convinced that a kale salad is for you? Read these 23 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Kale and I bet you’ll change your mind!
The assortment of flavors and textures in this salad is really quite remarkable. You’ve got a little bit of everything in there and it blends together beautifully. If you can muster the willpower, I do recommend that you let the salad sit out for 15 minutes or so to let the flavors settle in a bit before you and your fork dive in.