I’ve actually eaten this kale salad recipe three times…this week! It’s delicious! Ever since I interviewed Julie Daniluk, I’ve really been trying to add more anti-inflammatory foods to the meals I’m eating. It’s easier than you would think, and this kale salad recipe is chock full of inflammation fighting nutrients.
Before I get into the health benefits of this kale salad recipe recipe, I’d like to remind you, as with all of my kale salad recipes, make sure you get in there and massage your kale! It helps the kale lose its bitterness. Also, you can actually dress this kale salad in advance, and it gets better over time (unlike spinach salads). One final tip – if you got a MASSIVE head of kale, you may want to double up on the dressing ingredients.
Ok, onto the health benefits.
Turmeric contains compounds called curcumin which have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Studies are suggesting that curcumin has properties to fight diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, arthritis, as well as certain types of cancer.
Tip: Add 1 tsp of turmeric to my Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
Ginger is a miracle food. In a study conducted on females with PMS, taking 250mg of ginger in powder form was as effective as 400mg of ibuprofen in helping with painful cramps.
Tip: Add a knob of ginger to your smoothie in the morning
I loooove sundried tomatoes. I think they’re way more fun, and tastier, than regular tomatoes. Tomatoes contain a nutrient called lycopene and studies have shown lycopene to inhibit inflammatory mediators in the body. The tomatoes also add a sweetness to the recipe.
Tip: Use fresh tomatoes instead of ketchup on top of your burgers this summer
On to the recipe!
- NOTE: If you purchased a massive head of kale you may want to double up on the dressing ingredients!
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced (I used dried and not in oil)
- 3 carrots, shredded
- 1 head of kale, stems removed, chopped
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1.5 TBSP tamari
- 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup ginger tea (I used Yogi ginger tea. Make yourself a cup of it and just use some)
- 1.5 TBSP raw honey
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Make a cup of ginger tea (You only need to use a bit in the recipe, so can drink the rest)
- Prep kale by removing stems and chopping
- Grate carrots and slice sundried tomatoes
- Place kale carrots and tomatoes in a bowl
- Place dressing ingredients (everything except kale, carrots and tomatoes) in food processor and blend
- Massage dressing onto kale
Mandy King is a Holistic Nutritionist and Gluten Free Guru who shares her expertise with She Does The City. For recipes and nutrition tips, visit her website, HEAL. Follow Mandy on Twitter@mandyking_HEAL. Like Healthy Eating and Living on Facebook here. You can also find Mandy on Pinterest and Instagram.