This Massaged Kale Salad has chard for extra nutrition and berries to boost its antioxidant power! Chickpeas and quinoa add protein and bulk to this hearty vegan salad.
This month I’m running a #saladeveryday challenge in my Facebook Group. It’s been a great way to be intentional about eating a fresh salad for one meal each day this month. Salads are my favorite way to pack in a big variety of fruits and vegetables!
We have all been motivating each other and sharing great salad ideas. It’s been fun and helpful and I’d LOVE to have you join us! Come on over to The Happy Healthy Mamas Facebook Group and request to join and I’ll get you added right away! P.S. There are weekly prizes! 🙂
This massaged kale salad recipe was inspired by the #saladeveryday challenge. I get bored eating the same type of salad too often, so I knew I’d need some new recipes to keep me satisfied this month.
Instead of just kale, I added chard to the mix. The more leafy greens the merrier, you know what I mean? Chard is a hard, bitter green like kale, so I went the massaged salad route.
But when I’m leaving the leaves a little bigger, massaging helps. Kale (and chard) are tough, not tender, and massaging them makes them more just tender enough.
For this salad, I used a whole avocado to massage the kale and chard. I loved the texture that resulted.
Roasted chickpeas and quinoa give this massaged kale salad hearty enough to be a main-course salad. It serves two as a main course, four as a side.
I call this an antioxidant salad because the deep pigments in kale and chard mean that they are full of protective antioxidants. On top of those, I added strawberries and blueberries, which add even more antioxidants. The fruits also add a nice balance of flavor.
Tim loved this salad as much as I did, which is always a bonus. I hope you and your family love it, too!