While everyone knows that kale is insanely healthy, sometimes incorporating this superfood into your diet (and making sure it tastes appetizing) can be an intimidating feat. Well, fear not, because we found a few recipes that will not only give you the energy boost you need but taste so delicious we guarantee you’ll jump on the kale bandwagon too.
Even if you're a loyal lover and seasoned vet of delicious kale creations, these recipes will just give you more inspiration and ideas when creating your own. Plus, tossing these into the mix will give you a legitimate excuse to proudly and authentically sport one of those culturally relevant Kale University sweatshirts (go on, channel your inner Beyoncé). So give these yummy salads a taste. And in the words of Queen Bey herself, you’ll soon be “so crazy in love” with kale.
White Bean Kale Salad With Tahini Dressing
The Hero Ingredient: White beans in this salad add even more protein, making this an excellent option for a filling vegan meal.
The Recipe: Bitterness, be gone. The creamy tahini dressing in this recipe by Minimalist Baker creates the perfect balance between smooth texture and the kale’s crunch. By coating the kale, white beans, and croutons with a protein-rich dressing, you quickly turn this delectable, plant-based salad into a filling meal. Also, this recipe only takes 30 minutes to whip up, making it simple and perfect for dinner on weeknights when you don’t feel like cooking.
The Clincher: The garlic croutons add even more crunch and texture. Make them with whole-wheat bread, and satisfy your carb cravings the healthy way.
The Mean Green Detox Salad
The Hero Ingredient(s): Avocados and flaked coconut in this salad are high in “good” fats that promote a healthy heart, hair, and skin, making you glow inside and out!
The Recipe: This Mean Green Detox Salad from Half Baked Harvest will help you stay on track with your health goals. It contains a rainbow of flavors, colors, and textures that you’ll eat with your eyes first. Plus, the chickpeas and quinoa transform this dish into a high-protein power meal. Put simply, this salad proves that detoxing doesn’t have to be bland or leave you hungry.
The Clincher: Grapefruit slices make the dish aesthetically delightful and enrich it with a crisp, refreshing citrus accent.
Three-Grain Kale Salad
The Hero Ingredient: A simple lemon vinaigrette envelops this salad and is so easy to prepare! Plus, the acidity of the citrus helps break down the stiffness of the kale leaves, making them tender and delectable.
The Recipe: Cutting unhealthy carbohydrates doesn’t have to be hard. This salad contains three different types of whole grains so you can get your carb fix and feel full without that heavy or bloated aftertaste. The almonds and cranberries also elevate the salad with tart and nutty flavors. Top the salad with a protein like chicken and turn this salad into a wonderful and well-rounded main dish.
The Clincher: The cranberries will satisfy your sweet tooth and help you resist the temptation of refined sugar after your meal.
Quinoa and Kale Protein Power Salad
The Hero Ingredient: Clementine oranges are the star of this salad. Not only do they pack plenty of vitamin C, but they also add a juicy zest, which perfectly complements the savory chickpeas and quinoa base.
The Recipe: Do salads sometimes leave you feeling hungry? Well, this quinoa and kale salad dreamed up by Foodie Crush is sure to keep you full and energized for hours after your meal. So now you can eat clean and be satisfied. The core components of this salad are quinoa, chickpeas, and pistachios. All of these base ingredients brim with protein and heart-healthy fats, making this a fabulous standalone meal for vegans and vegetarians. And if you want to incorporate other sources of protein to make this an even heartier main dish, the sweet-savory flavor palette pairs wonderfully with chicken, fish, or tofu.
The Clincher: Pomegranate seeds add vital antioxidants to the mix and enhance the salad’s array of complex Mediterranean flavors with a tart crunch.
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