Kale is one of my favourite vegetables. I really love its flavour and it has definitely become a staple over the last five years.
I know many of my clients really struggle to enjoy kale and I often wonder whether this is as a result of the way that they cook/prepare it? In my opinion kale is highly versatile as not only can you can add it to curries (instead of spinach), or turn it into crisps (something I don’t always succeed in), add it to a smoothie, you can also make very delicious salads with it.
Beside the fact that it is super versatile, it is also incredibly nutritious. Here are five reasons why you should include Kale in your diet on a daily basis:
- High in antioxidants, such as vitamin A and C. In fact, one cup of kale provides around 200% of recommended daily value of Vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and 130% of Vitamin C
- Kale is one of the best sources of vitamin K1, with one cup of kale providing 215mcg. This is twice the required daily amount of vitamin K1 (90mcg for women and 125mcg for men). Vitamin K is needed for blood coagulation and delivering calcium to the bones
- A good source of calcium
- Like other cruciferous vegetables it is high in indole-3-carbinol, which has been shown to be effective in preventing cancer
- Contains two key nutrients, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, carotenoid antioxidants that can help in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts.
What’s not to like?! This Easy Sesame Kale Salad is really simple to make and a great addition to any meal.
Easy Sesame Kale Salad
- 180g Organic Shredded Kale
- 1 Spring Onion (optional)
- 2 tbsp Unrefined Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2-3 tbsp Sesame Seeds
- Small handful fresh parsley
- Grated ginger to taste
- Sprouted Mung Beans
- Lightly steam the kale for 5-10 minutes. Allow the kale to cool.
- Finely slice the spring onion.
- Finely chop the parsley
- Once the kale has cooled, toss the kale, spring onions and parsley together.
- Drizzle over the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice.
- Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and toss everything together.
- You can add some ginger, sprouts and salt and pepper to taste.
- This salad is delicious served with any curry, Dahl, fish, pouched eggs, anything for that matter.
Hope you enjoy it. Let me know your thoughts below.