Autumn Kale Salad

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Massaging kale is my new favorite hobby. I mean what’s better than taking a bunch of kale leaves and helping them relax before dinner? Sounds perfect right? ha ha! All kidding aside, this salad is so awesome!  I’ve had many kale salads in my past, but none have ever come close to this concoction of yummy fall inspired ingredients, mixed with tender massaged kale leaves. Are you ready to enter Kale heaven? Here we go!

Massaged Autumn Kale Salad

For the Salad:

-1 Large bunch of Kale (stalks removed)

-1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt

-3 Radishes (sliced)

-Half an apple (sliced)

-1 large avocado (optional-not available everywhere)

-1/2 cup sunflower seeds (roasted)

 

For the Dressing:

-Juice of 1 Large lemon (about 4 Tbsp)

-3-4 Tbsp Raw Honey (depending on how sweet you like things)

 

Directions:

1. Roast your sunflower seeds first so they can have time to cool down. Set your oven to 350 degrees, place seeds evenly on a baking sheet and bake for aprox. 10-15 mins. or until toasty and brown!

2.Rinse off your kale (make sure to check for any hiding bugs, especially with organic:) and  remove stalks. Cut leaves into 1/2 inch pieces.

3. Sprinkle your salt on the leaves and squeeze them vigorously with your hands until the kale begins to soften and liquid starts to sweat out of the leaves. Keep massaging until  desired tenderness is reached. Add leaves to a salad bowl and set aside.

3. Mix your lemon juice, and honey together in a separate smaller bowl and add to the salad bowl with the kale. Toss them together.

4. Thinly slice your radishes, chop apple and avocado into thin chunks and add to the salad bowl. Add the cooled roasted sunflower seeds and toss all ingredient together until combined.

Add pepper if desired and as Julia child would say, “Bon appetite!”

Apple Nachos

I have a serious affinity for apple nachos. They are not only really simple and fun to make, they are a perfect fall treat! I always get really excited to make them when apples are coming in to season, but really you can make them any old time as apples are almost always available. I will add that they do taste even better with fresh in season apples though, just sayin! We love heading up to Apple Hill this time of the year to our favorite organic apple growers farm to stock up, picking apples in the fall just gives me all the feels!

Apple Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1-2 apples, sliced (preferably organic)
  • 2 tbsp nut/seed butter (used almond)
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp chocolate sauce, I used THIS recipe minus the strawberries & nibs
  • 1 lemon, juiced (optional)
  • a handful of your favorite nuts/seeds (I used pecans)
  • a handful of grain free granola (optional)

Instructions

  1. Slice apples with an apple slicer and toss with enough lemon juice to coat each slice in a large bowl.
  2. Place apples on a plate and arrange how you would like them.
  3. Drizzle apples with desired amount of almond butter or any nut/seed butter of choice. I place mine in a Zip-loc bag with one corner snipped off to drizzle it.
  4. Drizzle apples with chocolate sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with cacao nibs or desired chocolate and nuts/seeds and grain free granola.
  6. You can also add other toppings like raisins or unsweetened coconut shreds, the possibilities are endless!
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