Kale is a rare superstar here in Germany. I really don’t know why it hasn’t taken over the supermarket aisles yet but whenever I find some it feels like I need to throw a party just because it doesn’t really happen all that often. And I do love kale.
It’s not the whole All Hail the Kale movement and its craze as the healthiest green vegetable on the planet (but seriously the nutrient density!Incredible.) It’s that Kale is downright delicious. And that’s that.
I cannot believe German customers haven’t started a national riot to make fresh kale a staple in every grocery store, at least while it’s in season. All we get is the packed and frozen version or – gulp – pickled kale.
There’s simply no comparison to fresh, crisp curly kale and it’s preparation possibilities.
Whenever I see fresh kale, I go for it. Like grab-the-biggest-bag-and-rob-the-store-empty. 😀
I usually buy as much kale as I can handle and, for a few days, the kale craziness takes a hold of me. Think kale chips every day, kale in my smoothies, kale in my stir-frys and oh yeah, lots of kale salad.
Kale salad is like the most magical thing because your dressing really breaks down the cells of the kale, making it really soft and almost juicy. When you massage all the ingredients into the kale with your hands, it not only is terrible fun but also you’re making sure all the flavors soak straight into the kale, making the salad a big hit. It sure doesn’t mind sitting in the fridge for a longer time, as the kale really wilts down this way and gets better. This is also perfect if you’re planning on preparing for a dinner or potluck party as it is a no-fuss prep and grab thing.
Kale is a superstar. It’s like the Elvis Presley of vegetables. It’s sophisticated, festive, utterly delicious when prepared properly and rocks every dinner.
AND – It’s packed full of nutrition.
One cup of kale contains a day’s worth of Vitamin A, K, and C! That’s right – 100 % of your daily dose! It promotes healthy eye-sight, cardiovascular strength and has anti-inflammatory properties. Kale is also one super potent cancer-fighting vegetable, providing you with over 45 antioxidant flavonoids as well as a good portion of iron, manganese, and potassium.
Kale is a great source of calcium, too, and its content is also easier for your body to use than kinds of milk! Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth.
And there are many many facts more! So not only will you be feeling awesome eating Kale, your body will thank you-you have eaten it.
Christmas Kale Salad
Inspired by Deliciously Ella
This salad combines soft kale leaves with crunchy pumpkin seeds as well as fruity persimmon slices, rich olive oil, and nutty tahini. It’s the perfect mix of creamy dressing and highlighting add-ins. Each bite is full of flavor and it makes a brilliant festive side dish to any Christmas or NYE party.
Really big bunch of kale (200-250g)
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
1 TBSP tahini
1 tsp salt
black pepper, to taste
1 clove of garlic, pressed (optional)
2 TBSP pumpkin seeds
1 persimmon fruit (or use 1 apple), chopped
Start by preparing the kale: Tear the leaves off the stem and into bite-sized pieces. Discard the stems. Gently wash and spin dry the leaves.
Pour all the dressing ingredients over the kale: olive oil, ACV, balsamic vinegar, tahini, salt, pepper and pressed garlic.
Start massaging those into the leaves. You can really go wild here and let out all your aggressions – this will really break down the kale’s cell walls and make it soft and also soak up the dressing flavors.
Let the kale sit for at least 15 minutes.
Slice and chop the persimmon and gently fold it in together with the pumpkin seeds.
Serve and enjoy.
Note: Instead of persimmon, try adding a finely chopped apple or any other crunchy fruit like pear, clementine or pomegranate seeds!
I really dearly love this salad mix and all the contracts in it; crunchy and soft, fruity and slightly bitter, creamy and firm…
I hope you will give this one a try even though you might not be familiar with eating raw kale – it’s truly incredible and filled with so much goodness. Your Christmas table and body will embrace and celebrate this!
Hope you all have a wonderful week!
PS. Sorry for the lack of posts last week – I’ve just started a medical internship and have to work a lot so I need to squeeze in blog work in between everything else and I needed to figure out how to do this! But I do hope to post at least once a week from now on to present you awesome recipes for the holiday season! 😀 Lots of love xx
Nutritional information: The Chalkboard Magazine