I am well known for my comfort food, but I took a turn on the wild side last night, and decided to create a super healthy and delicious meal. Even those who love my comfort food, will love this recipe for my Asian Kale Salad. The Hubby, who is not much of a kale fan, ate two bowls. So, go out and support your local farmers. I got all of these beautiful vegetables from Unity Farms. Top with my homemade Asian dressing, and serve with a few of my Grilled Chicken Kabobs. I assure you, you will not want this meal to end.
Be sure to rinse all of the vegetables. Finely chop the broccoli and kale. Place in a large bowl. See pic below for how tiny I was able to cut the broccoli and kale.
Thinly slice the purple cabbage. I used about 1/4 of a small head, made three cuts, then sliced super thin. Thinly slice the radishes. Add the the purple cabbage, radishes and dried cherries to the bowl with the broccoli and kale. You can substitute the dried cherries with dried cranberries, if you wish. I just love the flavor the dried cherries lent to this salad.
Create “matchsticks” out of the baby carrots. Cut the ends off of the Brussels sprouts, and thinly slice. Add both to the bowl.
Heat a non-stick pan to just under medium-high. Start toasting the sliced almonds. This is one time you want to hover over the pan. Almonds can burn very easily. Keep tossing them around, so that they toast on both sides. I would not suggest walking away from the pan. If they burn, you will need to start over. Add the toasted almonds directly to the bowl Toss to combine all ingredients evenly.
In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients for the Asian dressing. This is a big salad, so you will probably use all of the dressing. It may seem like a lot, but the fresh vegetables really hold up to the dressing well.
Dress the salad, and serve. This Asian Kale Salad paired so well with my Chicken Kabobs. I marinated the chicken with coconut milk and spices. It was a great compliment to this salad. ENJOY! If you love healthy salads, check out my Greek Chicken Salad.