Friday, May 9, 2014

Pine Nut & Parmesan Kale Salad

We recently had a kale salad made by Sunset Foods that was so amazing, I had to try to re-create it! So here is my attempt, and I have to say it turned out pretty darn close to what I was trying to re-create. Luckily for me, Sunset included a list of ingredients on the deli label, so all I had to do was play with amounts. The salad from Sunset had currants in it, but I couldn't find them fresh or dried in the store I went to, so just left them out. I made this as a side to go with pasta, but would be good as a side with pretty much anything. This is a really great tasting way to get some fresh dark leafy greens in and is a nice alternative to a plain old salad for summer meals and get-togethers! 

Pine Nut & Parmesan Kale Salad


6 oz fresh organic baby kale leaves
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese


1. If not pre-washed, wash and pat-dry kale. Place kale in large bowl.

2. In small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, honey and olive oil. Drizzle dressing over kale leaves and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle with pine nuts and parmesan and gently fold in.

What are the nutritional benefits of this salad? Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. It is also a good source of minerals calcium, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorous. Balsamic vinegar is rich in polyphenols - a type of antioxidant. Rice vinegar contains lots of essential amino acids, which play a role in countless processes in the body. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been shown to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL), raise good cholesterol (HDL), and aid in blood sugar control. Pine nuts contain lutein (which is good for vision), monounsaturated fats (shown to help reduce bad cholesterol - LDL - and increase good cholesterol - HDL), Vitamins C and D, and minerals iron and magnesium. Parmesan cheese is a great source of protein and calcium.

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