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This healthy kale salad is amazing! Even people who don’t like kale will like this kale salad with raisins and sunflower seeds – it’s so good! Follow my easy instructions on how to make raw kale soft and yummy.
Looking to add a simple vegetarian side to your dinner or meal prep lunches? Try out this healthy kale salad! It takes only a few minutes to prepare.
Massage the kale leaves and squeeze with your hands and it becomes delicious! Add the raisins, sunflower seeds and homemade balsamic dressing, and you won’t be able to stop eating it.
This is one of the best and easiest ways to add more kale into your diet!
Health Benefits of Kale
There are so many great reasons to add more leafy greens to your diet. Check out all of these amazing benefits!
Kale is great for digestion due to the amount of pre-biotics it contains, adding fuel to your gut microbiome. Additionally, kale is high in iron, Vitamin K, A, and C, as well as calcium! These nutrients are essential for your body to keep you healthy and your bones strong. Eating raw kale is a great way to incorporate antioxidants into your diet as leafy greens are full of them. Also, the fiber and sulfur in kale helps support your body’s detoxication process, which is important for your liver.
How to Prepare the Kale Salad
Add the washed and chopped kale to a large mixing bowl. I like to buy prepared kale so it is fast and easy!
In a measuring cup, mix together 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and 1/3 cup of olive oil to make the dressing. Pour the dressing over the kale.
Next, use clean hands or wear gloves to massage the kale for about 5 minutes until softened.
Then add in your raisins and sunflower seeds. Stir well to combine ingredients.
Serve and enjoy!
This healthy kale salad also keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days – so make a huge batch and enjoy easy healthy lunches all week long!
If you want to pair this with an entrée or another side for dinner, try using an ingredient full of Vitamin C to increase your body’s iron absorption! For example, red bell pepper, oranges, grapefruit, brussels sprouts, or broccoli.
Check out some of my Vitamin C-rich recipe ideas here:
- Air Fryer Frozen Brussels Sprouts
- Parmesan Garlic Roasted Broccoli With Almonds
- Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Broccoli, Cranberries And Walnuts
- Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers With Quinoa And Black Beans
- Baked Turkey Stuffed Bell Pepper Halves (Keto)
Kale Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds
- 12 oz Kale, washed and chopped
- 1/2 Cup Raisins
- 1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
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- Large bowl
- Measuring cup
- Large spoon
- Add kale to large mixing bowl
- In the measuring cup, add 1/3 cup olive oil.
- Add in 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar to the cup.
- Whisk dressing with a fork until combined.
- Pour dressing over the kale.
- Using your hands, massage the kale thoroughly for about 5 minutes.
- Then add some raisins, as many as you prefer.
- Next add some sunflower seeds to taste.
- Stir with a spoon to combine.
- Keeps well in the fridge for 5 days.