Even Popeye is considering converting to kale. Not that there’s anything wrong with spinach, but kale is the latest in super-food to reach super-fame.
As versatile as lettuce and packed full of good stuff, kale is the perfect go-to green for everything from salads to snacks.
First, the health benefits. Naturally low-calorie kale, is high in fiber and has zero fat. In fact, one cup of kale has only 36 calories – every one of which does your body good. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef and more calcium than milk. Adding kale to your diet can also help lower your cholesterol levels, boost your metabolism, and increase your intake of antioxidants, and vitamins A, C and K.
Choosing foods with an eye toward health bonuses is never a bad idea, and we know “What do I do with it?” is a question not far from “Is it good for me?” And the simple answer is use kale as you would spinach. Sautee with olive oil, lemon juice, peeled shrimp and pasta for a quick, low-cal dinner. Make it your new salad base or add leaves to sandwiches in place of garden-variety lettuce.
Or, option B: Let someone else do it. Like us. Our chefs have created two tasty kale salads perfect as sides or as a full meal.
Our Kale Pepita Cranberry salad features leafy kale tossed with pepitas, cranberries, and candied ginger in an orange sesame vinaigrette. Or try or Chard Kale Salad -- a delicious mix of rainbow chard, kale, orange segments, golden raisins and Texas pecans topped with smoked chili mint dressing. Up the protein of either salad with chicken or salmon.