Date Night Kale Salad 3

With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, I just had to make some kind of dish with dates.  I love puns too much to pass up on this opportunity.

A couple of weeks ago I took a work trip to Nashville, where I had a kale salad that I have been completely obsessed with ever since.

I love kale, but since it is one of the few things that is fresh, organic, and beautiful in the middle of winter.. I have had my fair share of kale this year.  I think I have made Kale and Lentil Soup almost once a week.  So I was really excited to have this new breath of kale salad obsession.  I guess you could say I fell in love with kale all over again.. (please forgive me for being such a cheeseball!)

Date Night Kale Salad 2

What I really love about this salad is that it sticks with pretty normal ingredients, but together the flavor is so good!! And I am really loving finely chopped kale for salads.  I think it makes the flavor a little more mild, and what is so great for date night is that you can make this in advance, it won’t get soggy.  So make it a few hours before date night and then you can spend the whole time staring into each others eyes, or maybe something less creepy.  This might be why I don’t give dating advice…

This one is definitely hearty enough for a main dish, hubby and I have had this a few times as a meal and it has been perfect and super satisfying.

Health highlight of kale: There is a nutrition rating system that was created by a doctor called the ANDI system that rates foods based on how rich a food is in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients per calorie. This system gives the highest possible score awarded (1,000) to only 2 foods: kale and collard greens. While some believe the system is flawed, it does certainly demonstrate the nutritional significance of kale. Kale is high in antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and supports the body’s detoxification. The nutrients in kale are associated with cardiovascular health, reduced risk of cancer, and reduced risk of other age related diseases.   It is a good source of iron and calcium, and can aid digestion.  The growing popularity of this veggie is well deserved with all this healthy stuff packed in there!

Date Night Kale Salad 1

Date Night Salad
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Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches Kale (remove stems and chop fine, I did it in the food processor)
  • ¼ cup Mint
  • ½ cup Kalamata Olives (roughly chopped)
  • ½ cup Almonds (roughly chopped)
  • ¼ cup chopped Dates
  • ¼ cup dried Cherries
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons EV Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl
  2. Toss well to combine
  3. Serve and enjoy!!

 

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