Occasionally, I eat healthy! :) So I thought for a fun change of pace, I'd post about something fresh and wholesome. I present you with Dinosaur Salad! I call it this because it features some produce I don't think many people know about or else fail to utilize very often: Lacinato Kale (or Dinosaur Kale, as it is playfully called). This unusual vegetable appears to be a close relative of wild cabbage, and is also related to broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and brussels sprouts. The leaves are dense and have a strong flavor, like that of cabbage or broccoli. But Dino Kale sports more of all the good stuff, like vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, etc, than other members of it's Brassica oleracea family. Well, it looked mighty charming at the grocery store one evening, and I'd heard good things about it, so I purchased some. Even though I think most people probably cook the life out of the poor plant before they eat it, I decided to enjoy mine raw, in a salad. I don't have exact amounts for this recipe, mostly just a list of ingredients. But that's the beauty of green salads; they're a work of art--different every time!
dino kale leaves, remove stems and chop
red leaf lettuce, remove stems and chop
red cabbage, chopped
sweet onion, diced
a squeeze of flaxseed oil
a squeeze of fresh lemon
a dash of sea salt
a dash of pepper
If you make a huge bowlful, be sure to add the dressing to your individual serving only. Plus, what you don't eat makes a healthy leftover to store in your fridge; you CAN get great nutrition while indulging those uncontrollable munching urges! How's that for a change?!
Be brave--try something new! Enjoy!