Republished with permission from theglowingfridge.com.
As if the internet needs another kale salad recipe. But this Kale Coconut Detox Salad is to die for so I thought I would share it with you all. After spending all winter sipping on hearty soups, it’s a nice change to indulge in some fresh salads.
A salad full of goods
Kale is detoxifying on its own, but when you add cilantro, freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice, apple cider vinegar and activated almonds (I’ll explain), you now have a powerfully cleansing salad.
With a salad that’s packed with plant protein, is crunchy from crushed almonds and slightly sweetened with a detoxifying orange-infused oil-free vinaigrette, what’s not to love? It’s light and fresh but still filling.
In addition, there’s something so refreshing about the combination of flavors going on here. They mesh together so well and they scream spring and summer! Plus, it’s easy to make and doesn’t require any food processors or blenders – just one big bowl, a couple of utensils and lots of goodness.
Doing kale right
You may be on the fence with kale but I assure you, when it’s prepared right, it’s hard to have just one bite. In this recipe, the citrus helps to break down the leaves, softening them up because they’re so fibrous. This is called “massaging your kale” or marinating your kale.
Basically, it’s the only way to prepare a raw kale salad that you will devour.
What are activated almonds?
These are plumped-up almonds that have been soaked in filtered water for 4 hours (or overnight) then drained, rinsed and dried.
Why activate your almonds?
Activating your almonds elevates the absorption process. Almonds stay protected from sunlight and moisture through their brown skin which has tannic acid and enzyme inhibitors. Until a proper level of moisture and sunlight has been reached, the enzymes are not released which means that our bodies can’t absorb all the nutrients that almonds have to offer.
Also, raw almonds are hard to digest when they’re not activated because our bodies don’t have access to all of their goodness. Soaking them (and any nut/seed) makes them softer, easier to chew and much more beneficial to your health.
Note: If you are allergic to almonds, you can replace them with sunflower seeds or sesame seeds.
After a harsh winter that sucks the life right out of your skin, it craves some serious rejuvenation. Chowing down on some leafy greens like kale should help put the glow back in your skin.
So let’s feed our skin, shall we?
Kale Coconut Detox Salad
Prep time: 4 hours
Cook time: 5 minutes
1 bunch of kale (6-7 leaves) de-stemmed and torn into pieces
1 cup edamame
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (or shredded)
1/2 cup crushed almonds, soaked in water for 4 hours (or overnight)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Oil-free Orange Infused Vinaigrette
juice from 1 orange
juice from 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
1/4 cup filtered water
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon pink sea salt, pepper to taste
Start by soaking the almonds (optional, but recommended!).
Combine all salad ingredients in a big bowl and mix until well combined.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients for the dressing. Pour over salad and toss until combined.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or eat right away.