Festive Holiday Kale Salad
- 2 large bunches organic kale
- ¼ – ½ cup dried cranberries (optional)
- Seeds (arils) from 1 pomegranate
- 1 cup pecans
- 2-3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- ½ cup olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 Tablespoons)
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 3 garlic cloves, minced (or more to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan or sea salt
- 2 scoops Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens powder (optional)
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- Begin by roasting pecans. Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl, toss together pecans and maple syrup. Place coated pecans on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Place on middle rack and roast for 10 minutes. Give them a stir. If you want a darker roast, continue roasting for an additional 2 to 3 minutes being careful to watch closely as nuts can quickly burn. Remove nuts from oven and let cool.
- Prepare the dressing. In a glass jar add in olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt, collagens powder, and cayenne. Secure lid and shake well. Set aside.
- Prepare the kale by cutting out the hard middle stem from each leaf. Tear or chop up the kale leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl and add the dressing. Massage the kale with your hands until kale becomes darker in color and coated with dressing (about 2 minutes).
- Assemble salad by adding cooled pecans, cranberries, and pomegranate seeds. Serve and enjoy!
Serves 6. Per Serving (based on using honey):
Calories: 354.5 |
Total Fat: 29.3 g |
Total Carbohydrate: 21.2 g |
Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g |
Protein: 6.4 g
Apple Cider Vinegar is full of enzymes and good bacteria. It contains acetic acid, which has been shown to help lower blood pressure.
Cayenne pepper is a good source of beta carotene and antioxidants that support the immune system. The key compound in cayenne called capsaicin is also cardio protective, anti-inflammatory, helps prevent kidney stones and speed up metabolism, and has beneficial effects on the GI system.
Collagen helps maintain the structure and integrity of skin, hair, nails, muscle tissue, bones, tendons, and more. Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens includes targeted nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 which enhance the bioavailability and potency of collagen.
Cranberries are powerfully antibacterial but function differently from antibiotics. Rather than killing harmful bacteria, they simply flush it out of the body.
There are over 300 varieties of garlic grown around the world. It is considered both a vegetable and an herb and is clinically proven to support the immune system.
Kale contains the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, which is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. It’s also an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as copper and manganese.
Enzymes in fresh lemon juice accelerate the digestive process. Even though lemon juice is acidic, it actually has an alkalizing effect on the body.
Maple syrup contains a number of minerals including manganese, zinc, calcium, and potassium. It also contains amino acids, antioxidants, and even some anti-inflammatory compounds.
Pure olive oil is high in nutrients including vitamins D, E, K, and A as well as omega-3 fatty acids. For the highest quality, look for organic extra virgin olive oil in dark glass bottles or tins that have an expiry date.
Packed with unique antioxidants, pomegranate seeds help soothe inflammation, boost memory, and aid in weight management. They’re also highly beneficial for prostate health.
Raw honey is a good source of many vitamins and is rich in antioxidants. Its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve overall immune function.