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Simple & Delicious Lemon Kale Salad Recipe

Lemon kale salad recipe

Are you looking for an easy but flavorful lemon kale salad recipe? This easy kale salad comes together in only a few minutes. This is the best lemon kale salad I have ever eaten, and I make it a few times a month. I love a good salad, especially in the warmer months, and this lemon garlic kale salad is the perfect main or side dish to bring to any summer outdoor outing. My simple lemon kale salad dressing is full of whole, fresh ingredients without any additives you typically get from a store bought salad dressing. This vibrant and flavorful easy kale salad is my favorite debloat salad packed full of nutrition, but yet so full of flavor too.

The Best Kale Salad Recipe

My Favorite DeBloat Salad

This easy to make massaged lemon kale salad is delightfully nourishing without the digestive distress. Do you want a new easy gut health kale salad recipe to try? The lemon garlic salad dressing on this kale salad is out of this world delicious.

The lemon garlic dressing is the key to making a great salad. A lemon garlic dressing is the perfect way to add flavor without being too heavy. The dressing is made up of lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt. The dressing is balanced and contains amazing flavors. The kale salad is budget friendly and easy to make. The kale salad is nutritious and contains various vitamins and minerals. Plus, I love the asparagus in this salad that helps me debloat.

NUTRITION TIP:

Increase fiber content slowly, because too much fiber all at once can lead to bloating and gas. Oftentimes, clients tell me they can’t eat veggies or salads because they bloat like crazy. This usually is because they should slowly increase their fiber intake over time. Plus, drink plenty of water to help that fiber move along properly.

Delicious Lemon Kale Salad Great to DeBloat

I love the taste of kale. It is one of my favorite greens of all time. I simply love it with my simple lemon vinaigrette dressing here.

I am addicted to making this a few times a month. So, if you are looking for a new gut health recipe, this is the one to try. Kale is one of my favorite vegetables to talk about. This cruciferous vegetable has tons of beautiful benefits to your skin and hair. It’s also loaded with fiber rich nutrients. Eating kale can also aid in weight loss, because of the high fiber and its a nutrient rich food without a high caloric impact.

This makes the perfect side dish, or you can add a lean protein choice, such as chicken, fish, shrimp, or tempeh, to balance it out for a healthy lunch or dinner recipe. Plus, this lemon arugula salad recipe is really simple to prepare.

Ingredients You Need to Make This Simple Lemon Kale Salad

This delicious summer salad is actually really easy to make. All you need is a few simple ingredients.

Kale: You absolutely need kale to make a kale salad. I like the curly version of kale in this recipe, because it holds up nicely and is easy to massage the dressing into.

Lemon: You can make a lemon salad without lemons of course. This vibrant fruit will add a tangy, flavorful taste that works well in this salad recipe.

Olive Oil: I love to use extra-virgin oil oil in all my salads because of the light fresh flavor, but also the healthy fats it adds to the recipe. You can swap it for any avocado oil you have on hand. Learn more about avocado oils here.

Garlic: You can use fresh garlic, but I chose to use garlic powder to increase the depth of flavor in this recipe. I have used both fresh garlic with garlic powder, and it comes out fantastic too.

Asparagus: This hearty vegetable adds a nice crunch to the salad. In addition, the asparagus will add more vitamins and minerals to a summer salad recipe.

Pumpkin Seeds: I love pumpkin seeds in almost all my salad recipes, but you can swap it for any other nut or seed you have on hand.

Easy kale salad

Simple To Make Lemon Kale Salad Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 to 6 handfuls of kale
  • 1/4 of red onion, finely sliced
  • 8 pieces of asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large serving bowl, toss in the kale with a drizzle of olive oil, about 1-2 tablespoons. Squeeze half of a lemon over the top. Massage the kale leaves with the olive oil and lemon juice. Set aside to break down.
  2. Next, begin a quick saute over medium-low heat of the asparagus, sundried tomatoes, and peas with olive oil. Saute quickly for 5 minutes. This is just enough time to break down the veggies while still maintaining their nutrients. We want the asparagus to have a bit of crisp to it, not become a mushy mess.
  3. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into the pan. Add in the garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook for another 3-4 minutes to allow the flavors to melt together.
  4. Toss the sauteed veggie mixture over the kale. Toss together the red onion, pumpkin seeds, and avocado. Serve immediately or place in the fridge for later.
  5. I love the taste of kale. It is one of my favorite greens of all time. I simply love it with my simple lemon vinaigrette dressing here.
  6. This makes the perfect side dish, or you can add a lean protein choice, such as chicken, fish, shrimp, or tempeh, to balance it out for a healthy lunch or dinner recipe. Plus, this lemon arugula salad recipe is really simple to prepare.

Can You Eat Kale Raw in a Salad?

Yes! Kale is a hearty green that can be eaten raw. It is one of the healthiest vegetables around, and it has many essential vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. Kale is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as folate. It also contains calcium and potassium.

How Do you Make Kale Less Bitter for Salad?

The key to making kale less bitter for salad is massaging it with a dressing. Kale has tough fibers that need to be broken down to soften them. You don’t want to cook the kale if you are using it in a fresh salad, like this lemon kale salad recipe. Massaging it with a dressing allows you to break down these fibers without cooking the leaves, and this makes your debloat salad much more enjoyable to eat.

What Kale is Best for Salads?

There are many varieties of kale, and they range in color from bright green to purple. Some varieties have curly leaves and others have flat leaves. The most common variety is called “dino kale” and has a mild flavor.

How to Massage Kale?

It’s simple to massage kale. First, tear the leaves from the tough stems. Next, place a handful of torn kale in a large bowl and cover it with your favorite salad dressing. Use your hands to massage the kale for about 2 minutes. This will soften the leaves and make them more palatable.

The best way to make an easy lemon garlic kale salad is by using fresh ingredients.

When it comes to making a delicious lemon garlic kale salad, using fresh ingredients is key. Fresh kale will have more flavor and nutrients than kale sitting in the fridge for a few days. The same goes for the lemon juice. Using fresh lemon juice will give your salad a bright and zesty flavor.

To make the salad even more flavorful, add some Parmesan cheese to the mix. The salty flavor of the cheese pairs perfectly with the other ingredients in the salad. This is optional, because in my opinion, this kale salad is perfect as is. The lemon kale salad dressing is all you really need for this easy recipe.

Making a debloat salad with fresh ingredients is not only tastier, but also better for you. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy. So, next time you’re craving a delicious kale salad, use fresh ingredients for the best flavor and nutrition.

KALE SALAD VARIATIONS

This quick debloat salad should have a crunch, because of the asparagus and pumpkin seeds. Adding the seeds to the salad will also give it some extra protein, making it a more well-rounded meal. If you’re not a fan of pumpkin seeds, you could also try adding croutons to the salad for some extra crunch.

Another way to add flavor to a kale salad is to use Parmesan cheese. Parmesan cheese will add another layer of flavor and depth to any salad. If you find lemon too tangy, you can also use sweeteners like maple syrup or honey to balance the dressing. Simply add one tablespoon of either one to tone down the tangy flavor.

How to Serve this Lemon Garlic Kale Salad Recipe?

The salad should be served immediately after being made to ensure the best flavor and texture. The kale will begin to wilt, and the lemon garlic salad dressing will start to separate if the salad sits for too long. For the best results, the longer you massage the kale, the better.

Will You Try This Simple Lemon Garlic Kale Salad Recipe?

I know this easy lemon garlic kale salad will become a favorite in your house too. If you make this, be sure to leave a review below. Will you be trying out the lemon kale salad dressing today? Let me know in the comment section below.

In addition, I would also love to hear what you think, or take a photo and tag me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva

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