Kale and Avocado Superfood Salad

I’m loving all things kale right now. In terms of micronutrients per calorie, kale is more nutrition-packed than any other food! All the other ingredients are wonderfully healthy too. A snapshot of this salad’s contents:

  • Vitamin A (Retinol or Retinoic Acid) — important in properly functioning vision, required for eyes to adjust to changes in light and sustaining color vision. Also, important for bone and immune strength, fertility, and cell differentiation and growth
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) — involves in the coagulation cascade that occurs in blood (assists with blood clotting
  • Vitamin E (tocopherol) — an antioxidant, protecting primarily cell membrane from oxidative damage. Also enhances immune strength and absorption of Vit A
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) — also an antioxidant protecting tissues, enhances immune strength, and also assists in synthesis of crucial protein structures such as hormones and DNA
  • Insoluble fiber — strengthens the colon walls, lowers the glycemic load of a meal, and keeps the digestive tract functioning regularly

And much, much more. Now, see how delicious all that health can be! And I do mean delicious. The first time I made this, I actually turned away dessert so I could eat more of this stuff. True story. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of fresh kale, washed (about 8 cups chopped)
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Chop almonds and toast them until browned, about 10-12 min.

Meanwhile, chop the kale into ribbons, like so:

Toss everything together until even mixed! Mmm, enjoy! 🙂

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