I don’t know about you but getting my kids to eat kale is a chore so I knew I needed to come up with a kid-friendly kale salad otherwise they would never (knowingly) eat it.
My kids do not like salad dressing, which on one hand is wonderful, they prefer their vegetables plain so I never have to worry about them eating yucky bottled salad dressing. On the other hand, when you eat kale, unless you have something on it, it can be pretty hardcore. With romaine or spinach you have a natural sweetness so it’s easy to eat them raw but kale can be a little bitter and hard to chew so you need something to soften it.
I’ve always loved to massage avocados into kale to break it down and make it easy to digest plus I love the flavor of avocado but my kids won’t touch it when I do that.
They like kale chips (sometimes) but I wanted to them to have the kale without having to bake anything. They like kale in smoothies because I make sure to blend it with the liquid before adding anything and therefore they don’t even notice it.
My teenager said this salad is ‘Pretty good. Not that bad. Not nearly as bad as normal.’ Gee thanks, right? But that’s actually a huge compliment from him and the fact that he ate it and said ‘pretty good’ mean it was a huge hit.
My daughter said, ‘I LOVE it!’ and ate THREE servings.
Four reasons to love kale
- Reduces cancer risk.
- Aids in liver detoxification.
- Lowers cholesterol.
- Helps maintain strong bones.
Benefits of sunflower seeds
- Great source of selenium.
- Loaded with antioxidants.
- Great source of vitamin E which helps heal your skin.
- Full of bone-healthy minerals.
Benefits of Hemp Seeds
- Contain all essential amino acids
- Two tablespoons of hemp seeds contain 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein.
Kid-Friendly Kale Salad
- 1 bunch kale, stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
- 1 orange, juiced
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
Add washed and dried kale to large bowl. Make sure leaves are dry.
In a small bowl, whisk orange juice, olive oil, salt & pepper, honey together until well blended.
Pour over kale and with hands, massage into leaves. It’s important to really massage the kale to break it down so it’s easier to digest.
Add sunflower seeds and hemp seeds and taste to see if you need to add more salt or pepper.
For variety you could also add cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, toasted walnuts, pine nuts, goji berries, etc. and completely change the flavor.
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