Lately, kale has been getting a lot of attention and not just as filler decoration on plates or buffets. Before spinach and broccoli and even before meat, kale is the primary item that should be on everyone’s grocery list. Kale’s curly, crisp greens are rich in vitamin A, K and C, as well as high in calcium, fiber, iron, folic acid and omega-3 and therefore, it’s commonly referred to as the “beef” of the vegan world.
Kale. It’s what’s for dinner.
I must admit. Before this post, I never ate kale. Upon that first bite, my taste buds needed a moment to adjust to the bitterness of the leafy filler from the buffet line.
So when, Newman’s Own Organics sent me some dried fruits to try, I thought I’d turn over a new leaf, so to speak. What better way to combat the bitterness of kale than to toss in some Newman’s Own Organics Berry Blend? The tangy, sweet dried blueberries, cherries, cranberries and raisins would help mask the kale. Plus, adding the NOO Dried Berry Blend would make this a super antioxidant salad.
And since strawberries are in season and in abundance at my supermarket and reasonably priced, I created a tangy strawberry vinaigrette to aid in making the kale more palatable. The sweetness of the strawberry vinaigrette would also compliment the tasty dried fruits of NOO Berry Blend.
Kale mixed with dried berries and fresh strawberries really was more palatable.
And it was delectable too.
Strawberry Spinach and Kale Salad
2 cups kale, washed and drained
2 cups baby spinach, washed and drained
2 cups romaine lettuce, washed and drained
½ cup sliced strawberries
2 Tbsp reduced fat gorgonzola cheese
2 Tbsp sliced almonds
2 Tbsp Newman’s Own Organic Berry Blend
Break romaine and kale into bite size pieces. Then, wash and drain all greens well. Set aside greens to drain and dry before adding additional ingredients.
Toss greens in a large bowl. Add sliced strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, almonds and Newman’s Own Organic Berry Blend and gently toss through greens.
Serve in individual bowls drizzled with strawberry vinaigrette. (See recipe below.)
1 cup strawberries
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
Thoroughly wash strawberries and cut tops off. Add strawberries to blender and then add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. Puree for one minute on low setting or until smooth.
This recipe was created for the FOOD.FUN.HOP giveaway event hosted by Shy Babies & Little Inspiration. As part of this Newman’s Own Organics campaign, NOO wants to offer one Run DMT’s reader three packages of dried fruits and one box of Hermits, just like the one I received.
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Disclaimer: *Newman’s Own Organics products were received in order to facilitate this review and giveaway, but all opinions are 100% my own*