Kale Caesar Nori Wrap

Kale Caesar Salad Nori Wraps | Nutrition Stripped

I first introduced a fun variation of my famous Massaged Kale Salad with showcasing them in three ways; including vegan caesar. Today I’m sharing a slight variation to that which involves nori seaweed wraps for a fun way to eat salad, yet incorporate mineral rich seaweed into your diet as well. If you’ve never tried nori seaweed or have no idea what it is, you’re about to learn why I love and incorporate these unique food into my diet all the time!

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Simple Wintry Salad

Simple Wintry Salad Nutrition Stripped

I posted this salad on Instagram a couple weeks ago and you all went crazy over it requesting the recipe ASAP! Today I’m writing a quick blog post just to show you how to make what I’m calling my go-to Simply Wintry Salad, utilizing the best that winter has to offer with citrus and hearty greens. The base is my famous Massaged Kale Salad, something I never am without, with the addition of winter fruits like these beautiful pomegranates

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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 mainNormally 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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