Kale is the New Lettuce

We just got back from Las Vegas for the Mila convention with Lifemax. It was super-charged on so many levels, empowering people to embrace health, and so full of inspiring people sharing ideas. But one thing is for sure, we didn’t get enough greens and we were craving this tangy salad upon our return.

The jury is out… “kale is the new lettuce!” We are utterly obsessed with kale these days, particularly this savory, tart and tangy recipe. As you know we love our super foods, so the addition of goji berries and hemp seeds add a super-charged twist, but you can make the recipe without them if you wish.

Sweet & Sour Kale Salad with Dried Mango, Goji Berries & Hemp Seeds

3 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Amino (think gluten free soy sauce)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup good quality olive oil
1/2 tablespoon light agave nectar
1 cup roughly chopped dried unsweetened mango
3/4 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup goji berries
10 cups kale roughly chopped into ½- inch ribbons or torn into little pieces (middle vein and stem removed)(1 large bunch kale)
1/2 cup hemp seeds

Directions: Whisk together the Braggs, the lemon juice, the olive oil, and the agave nectar in the bowl. Add the mango, onions and goji berries and marinate while preparing the other ingredients, at least 15 minutes, but the longer the better. Add the kale and the hemp seeds. We encourage you to mix this salad by hand and really massage the kale and the vinaigrette into one another. The acid in the vinaigrette helps break down the fibrous kale and really enhances its flavor. You can serve immediately, but we think its best refrigerated for a couple of hours. This salad is even delicious served the next day (and GREAT for breakfast)!

A few things to note: Everybody measures the kale differently in this recipe, so adjust the Bragg, lemon, and olive oil accordingly.  If the kale salad seems dry, add more of these ingredients in the ratio above.  If the salad seems wet, add a few more handfuls of kale.  Also, adjust lemon to taste because the dried mango varies in sweetness. And if you are not familiar with Braggs, you can find it at Whole Foods!

Sweet and Sour Kale Salad with Dried Mango, Goji Berries and Hemp Seeds

Sweet & Sour Kale Salad with Dried Mango, Goji Berries & Hemp Seeds

Have you ever cooked with goji berries? This sweet red fruit, native to Asia, adds a little dose of medicine to strengthen your immune system as we head into winter. Although we don’t love eating goji berries by the handful, we love them plumped with the lemon-bragg marinade! Hemp seeds offer a great blast of protein as well as omegas. Do you have recipes with goji berries and hemp seeds that you would like to share?

Stay tuned for next weeks recipe, Not Your Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie!

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