Easy "Cheesy" & Garlicky Kale Salad

This is my go-to recipe for lunch most days of the week – it’s easy, can be made ahead of time, and honestly, it is SO GOOD.

It’s filled with good-for-you ingredients, vitamins & minerals, fiber & good fats to keep you full and satiated longer.  

If you haven’t been the biggest fan of kale and are trying to find ways to “make kale taste good” then I challenge you to give this a whirl. The nutritional yeast – despite the weird name – gives it an amazing cheesy flavor that I kept craving after the first time I made it.

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Cheesy Kale Salad Ingredients:

1 bunch of lacinto (dinosaur) kale

8 cherry tomatoes

¾ cup chopped broccoli, raw or steamed

¼ cup walnuts, chopped or broken into pieces

1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Black, Lemon, or Garlic Pepper

Cheesy Garlic Dressing Ingredients:

¼ cup Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast

2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 TBSP fresh lemon juice

1 TBSP Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

2 TBSP Coconut Aminos (I like the Coconut Secrets Garlic Flavor)

2 teaspoons minced garlic or garlic powder

 

Directions:

1.     De-stem kale and finely chop kale.

2.     Combine chopped kale, broccoli & walnuts in a bowl.

3.     Mix dressing ingredients well.

4.     Pour dressing over kale & broccoli, mix well.

5.     Top with tomatoes & salt, pepper to taste

Enjoy!

Note: I recommend de-stemming the kale because the stems contain a lot of tough fiber. If you’re used to eating raw vegetables most days of the week, you can leave in 1-2 stems for a little added crunch.

If you’re not used to eating raw vegetables, omit the stems and steam the broccoli to prevent unpleasant side effects that raw vegetables – especially a lot at once – can often cause. You can put the broccoli in a microwave safe bowl with a few teaspoons of water, cover, & microwave for 2 minutes.

Lastly, you can absolutely add the tomatoes in with the rest of the vegetables for convenience, but I like to add them last then sprinkle the salt on because it brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.

Makes 2-3 servings depending on how much you eat. 😉