You’ve probably noticed the proliferation of kale in restaurants dishes, at potlucks and even in the chip aisle (think kale chips). There’s good reason. Just one cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories; gives you well over the recommended daily allowance of Vitamins A, C, and K; is high in manganese; and provides a great source of fiber.
Kale comes in several varieties, but the most common edible varieties that you’ll find in your grocery store are curly kale, with very curled edges on broader leaves, and Tuscan kale, with longer, narrower and darker leaves. When choosing curly kale, select smaller heads—they’ll be more tender. With both types of kale, just as you would with lettuce, make sure the leaves are still firm. Until you use it, put it in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator.
The ways to prepare this superfood are endless—strip the leaves from the main leaf ribs and chop it to use it in a salad like this superfood salad with poppy seed dressing. You could also add it to a soup, sauté it, make a smoothie with it, or leave it in slightly bigger pieces and make your own homemade kale chips. Regardless of how you prepare it, you’re almost guaranteed a nutritious, tasty result.
Whats so ‘super’ about this Superfood Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing?
Superfoods are plant-based foods that are nutritionally dense and packed with various health benefits. All nutrition in this salad can prevent or decrease chronic health diseases. One of the chronic-disease-reducing ingredients this salad contains is kale, which can help your body fight against cancerous cells. Its all thanks to vitamin K; it is responsible for many bodily functions and protecting against various cancers. But kale is also dense in calcium because it contains more than milk does. This nutrient is important for preventing osteoporosis (which makes your bones weak and brittle) and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Broccoli and Brussel sprouts build your collagen, provide your body with antioxidants, and protect the body from the damage of free radicals – all due to the high vitamin C content. Enjoy this salad that does only good for your body!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this salad:
- Brussels sprouts
- green cabbage
- green broccoli
- green kale
- pumpkin seeds
- dried cranberries
Here’s what you’ll need to make the dressing:
- cane sugar
- poppy seeds
- apple cider vinegar
How to make Superfood Salad with a Simple Poppy Seed Dressing
Superfood Salad with a Simple Poppy Seed Dressing
- salad bowl
- cabbage shredder
- cutting board
- mixing bowl
- 9 Brussels sprouts, shredded
- ¼ green cabbage, shredded
- 2 heads green broccoli, chopped
- 2 stems green kale, chopped
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1 Tbsp cane sugar
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 pinch salt
- 2½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- First make the poppy seed dressing by whisking all the ingredients together. (It needs to stand five minutes before serving. )
- Combine all the vegetables together.
- Mix with dressing.