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I may have gone a little kale-crazy…but it was totally worth it.
Worth it because I made the most amazing discovery. Kale. Dressing.
(And it actually tastes good too.)
Like many dietitians, I very much subscribe to the “food first” philosophy, so there aren’t many dietary supplements that I take on the regular. I do keep a few on hand, though, for days when I’m in need of a little extra nutrition boost.
I’ve been adding fermented kale powder to my smoothies for about a year now. I love it’s ease and convenience on days when I’m traveling or too busy to get enough whole veggies on my own. (We’ve all been there.) I also love that this version is 100% USDA organic, naturally nutrient-dense, and free of any artificial additives. (Those with allergies will also love that this kale powder is free of gluten, dairy, and soy too.)
Adding greens to your smoothies is one simple way to increase your fiber, antioxidant, and phytonutrient intake but I was inspired recently to try something a little bit different. Dressing. I was a bit skeptical about adding kale to a salad dressing at first but those fears dissipated as soon as I gave it a taste.
(Proof that everything’s better with a little tahini, apple cider vinegar, and garlic.)
Fresh kale is a nutritional powerhouse all on its own (high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and vitamin K) but the kale in this dressing is extra special because it’s fermented with live (vegan) cultures, aka probiotics.
I try to include at least one serving of fermented foods daily to keep my immune system strong and help support healthy digestion…but I’m not perfect. I’m just not always in the mood for kimchi or sauerkraut.
This fermented kale salad dressing has saved me on more than one occasion, thanks to it’s milder flavor and versatility. Try it in green salads, bowls, bean and veggie sautés, and stir-fry dishes. (But no offense, kimchi.)
This dressing pairs perfectly with some of my favorite foods of the moment: fresh peaches (get ’em while you can), avocado (always), almonds, and (more) kale. It makes a delicious light lunch or side dish to your main entree. Feel free to add chickpeas or baked tofu/fish to make it more substantial.
Fermented kale powder is kinda essential if you’re aiming to maximize the immune-boosting benefits of this dressing but, in a pinch, you could also omit it or substitute with 1/4 cup fresh baby kale. (Add the baby kale to your blender with a little water first if you choose this route.)
Thanks to my friends at Perfect Supplements, right now you can get 10% off their Perfect Fermented Kale Powder (along with the rest of your order) by using the coupon code GRAZER10 at checkout…just in time to power up our immune systems for Fall!
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Perfect Supplements Perfect Fermented Kale Powder
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (optional)
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1-2 tablespoons water (as needed to reach desired consistency)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3½ cups chopped kale (about 1 bunch), massaged with hands to soften
- 2 peaches, pitted and sliced
- ½ avocado, peeled and sliced
- ½ cup almonds, chopped
- 1 green onion, chopped
- Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl or jar, gradually adding water as needed to reach desired thickness, and set aside.
- Add massaged kale to plates and top with sliced peaches and avocado. Add chopped almonds, green onion, and dressing, and serve.
Have you ever tried using dark leafy greens in a salad dressing?
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