This is a vibrant cheerful salad full of flavor and crunch.
Not only am I pesto obsessed but I am also salad obsessed! Put the two together and you have a beautiful melding of flavors. The beauty of a kale salad is that you can eat them hot or cold. Heat up some bread and serve it with the roasted yellow bell pepper chive pesto.
Kale is so nutrient dense, it keeps your skin and eyes healthy. Who wouldn’t want that? It also satisfies you, leaving you full and helps prevent overeating by reducing cravings for unhealthy foods.
This salad is great with a dry red wine like a Red Rioja, Pinot Noir or Merlot. And for a white, try a Verdejo, White Rioja, Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc.
- 1 Cup (about a half recipe) Roasted Yellow Bell Pepper Chive Pesto
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Champagne Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice – freshly squeezed
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 Head Kale (about 7 cups) – chopped into thin strips
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Cups French Breakfast Radishes – thinly sliced
- 1/2 Cup Carrot (about half a carrot) – shredded
- 1/2 Cup Red Cabbage – minced
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper – diced
- Toasted Walnuts (optional)
Make the pesto, (you can make a half batch or make the whole batch and have it on some toasted french bread along side of the salad!)
Mix pesto with the vinegar, lemon juice, and salt.
Wash kale and tear off main rib by holding the end of the stem and sliding off the leaves then chop in to thin strips
In a large bowl, add kale with the olive oil and massage the oil into the kale.
Add radishes, carrots, cabbage and bell pepper to kale. Mix together then thoroughly mix in the pesto vinaigrette.
*Top with toasted walnuts right before eating or they will become soft.
Kale is low in calories, high in fiber and it is a loaded with antioxidants which helps detox the liver. It is also an anti-inflammatory with omega-3 fatty acids, which is helpful for arthritis, joint pain and asthma. Kale has more Iron than beef and more calcium than milk which helps prevents osteoporosis, joint flexibility and helps maintain normal bone health. It is great for cardiovascular support that helps in lowering cholesterol. It is really high in vitamin A, C, and super high in the powerful antioxidant vitamin K (anyone taking anticoagulants should avoid kale because the high level of vitamin K that may interfere with the drugs.) More on kale
Radishes help eliminate excess mucus in the body and are great for respiratory disorders, bronchitis and asthma. They are cleansing for the digestive system helping to break down and eliminate stagnant food and toxins that have built up over time as well as eliminate cancer-causing free radicals in the body. They are very high in vitamin C, which improves your immune system. They have a low glycemic index and helps to regulate the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream, which is great for diabetics. Radishes water content keep your body and skin keep hydrated and with their high fiber content they increase regular bowel movements, relieve bloating and help indigestion. They are a powerful detoxifier of the liver and stomach. They are also great for reducing blood pressure with the high potassium content.