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Kale Salad with Fresh Strawberries, orange, goat cheese and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Kale Salad with Fresh Strawberries, orange, goat cheese and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Heart-Healthy, Fiber-Rich, Antioxidant and full of Energy !

Try this bowl of yum to keep your motor running all day. 

The vitamin C in the strawberries and orange helps your body absorb the iron in the kale, raisins add a little sweetness and some Magnesium and B6, and the pepitas- toasted pumpkin seeds- add a bunch of magnesium as well! Magnesium is an important part of the more than 300 enzymes in your body which help regulate many bodily functions, including the production of energy, body protein and muscle contractions. It also helps maintain healthy bones and a healthy heart.

And it’s only about 200 calories per serving.

What You Need

1 large bunch kale leaves (9 cups bite-sized pieces kale leaves)

Juice of 1 medium orange, divided

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon orange zest

2 teaspoons honey

Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup sliced strawberries

¼ cup raisins

1/2 cup pepitas

¼ cup crumbled feta or goat cheese, if desired

What You Do

Remove and discard center ribs and stems from kale leaves.

Tear kale leaves into bite-sized pieces.

Combine kale, half of orange juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil and salt in a large bowl. Massage kale by scrunching small amounts with your clean hands, then releasing and repeating.

With massaging, kale will soften, somewhat deepen in color and become more fragrant- it kind of has a sweet banana smell!

Make the dressing by whisking remaining orange juice, orange zest, honey and pepper in a small bowl.

Gradually whisk remaining ¼ cup olive oil into the juice mixture to combine well.

Set aside.

Pour the dressing over kale.

Add strawberries, raisins and pepitas.

Toss gently.

Let salad ingredients marinate for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

If desired, top with goat cheese.



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