Massaged Kale Salad, three ways

Massaged Kale Salad, three ways | Nutrition Stripped, cobb kale salad, vegan cesar kale salad, superfood kale salad

I love kale. I eat it, take pictures with it, and wear kale shirts, but today I’m sharing a trio of my classic massaged kale salad using simple variations in the toppings and salad ingredients to take this one basic kale salad, three ways. These are perfect to make ahead of time for dinner or for a light lunch on the go, bring to a picnic, or enjoy at home. All of these simple salads are nutrient dense, loaded with natural fiber from vegetables and fruits, protein, and healthy fats- all key ingredients to make a filling meal to hold you over and keep your energy up for the day ahead.

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Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette

Heirloom Tomato Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette This title is a long one, but I have a lot to say about it. Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad with Corn Vinaigrette has so many flavor and texture components that make this a classic summer salad, it’s fresh, raw, and uses three main ingredients that are the epitome of summer product. Fresh watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, and a delicious dressing that contains less than 5 ingredients, makes up this recipe. It’s a great recipe to showcase summer in a sweet and savory way.

The balance of flavors in this simple salad is amazing, you have a tart component from the fresh lime juice in the dressing with the sweet and starchy mouthfeel from the corn, juicy and sweet watermelon, and rich tomatoes. Garnishing this salad with creamy avocado and fresh parsley makes it that much better. If you have any late summer parties, BBQ’s, or last trips to the farmers market, be sure to share this one with friends and family- I promise it won’t disappoint. It’s visually beautiful, but can make a large serving very affordably because of the amount of watermelon used.

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Apricot Quinoa Summer Salad

Apricot Quinoa Summer Salad main Normally when I think of summer salads images of dark leafy greens, crisp romaine, and crunchy cool vegetables come to mind; this salad is a slight departure of my “normal” summer salad. Apricot Quinoa Summer Salad is a gluten-free grain based salad dense with vegetables and fruits of the summer season, specifically sweet apricots and cool cucumbers. Bursts of citrus, fresh herbs, and earthiness from nutty almonds create a great balance of flavors that turns this side dish into a complete entrée if wanted.

Apricots are incredibly sweet, so to balance the flavors I add citrus from oranges, a tang from raw apple cider vinegar, and earthy saffron. Saffron has become one of my favorite “new” spices in the past year or so using it in a lot of my cooked dishes, but have recently started to experiment with it in salads. Saffron is a beautiful red, small threaded spice which turns whatever you’re cooking using saffron a deep golden yellow, it’s a gorgeous tint of color. The presentation of this recipe is beautiful with flecks of fresh green parsley, orange apricots, brown almonds, green cucumbers, on the background of white or red quinoa.

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Mediterranean Millet Salad Wraps

mediterranean millet salad wraps in rainbow chard Get ready for a party in your mouth, seriously, a party in the Greek Isles. I’m sharing with you all today a recipe I’ve been making for years as a quick lunch or dinner, these Mediterranean Millet Salad Wraps are loaded with Mediterranean flavors, opposing textures, and are incredibly simple to make. I love using rainbow chard as an alternative to standard wraps; having something light, refreshing, and lower in carbohydrate as a wrap is a great combination for the already carbohydrate-rich millet salad here. I promise even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this recipe, it’s great as an entree, side dish, or even dolloped on top of your favorite dark leafy green salad for a boost of protein, healthy fats, and minerals.

Marvelous milletMillet is one of the staple grains I always have in my pantry, it’s a gluten free grain similar to quinoa and is perfect to use for both sweet and savory dishes. I use millet in this recipe as a hearty grain rich in plant-based protein and fiber, alongside some amazing mediterranean seasonings and flavors. Millet also contains good amounts of magnesium, which are incredibly important for our muscle and nerve function- many people eating the SAD (standard american diet) actually don’t get enough of magnesium through our foods.

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Ultimate Spring Salad

http://nutritionstripped.com/ultimate-spring-salad/ Bold statement, I know. Truthfully this has been my go-to salad since all the wonderful spring produce started to peek out from under the winters ground. The Ultimate Spring Salad embraces some of my favorite flavors of spring in one beautiful and nourishing bowl of goodness. Visually, it’s a stunner, but nutritionally speaking it’s also a stunner. It’s loaded with healthy fats, fiber, plant-based protein, and is incredibly nutrient dense from all the dark leafy greens and in season produce.

You all know I’m a fan of keeping it simple and letting the whole food flavors naturally shine through- this is a perfect example of Nutrition Stripped food style. The wonderful thing about this salad, it’s paired with a creamy and citrusy dressing that can easily be replaced with another dressing of your choosing depending on your mood for that day. Sometimes I simply pair it with fresh squeezed lemon and olive oil or add Sweet Basil Dressing- all great options!

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