Sweet-Tart Kale Salad at Real Mom Nutrition

Who takes kale salad to a potluck picnic? I do! (Is that weird?)

Wherever I take it, this salad gets rave reviews–and many requests for the recipe. Now it’s featured in my new book Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide. Bonus: This salad actually gets better with time, as the lemony dressing softens the leaves.

Speaking of those leaves, scroll down for an easy how-to on removing the tough center stem from kale.

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Sweet-Tart Kale Salad
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cups loosely packed chopped kale
  • ¼ cup chopped dried cherries
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, tossing to coat.
  3. Serve immediately or cover and store in refrigerator up to 2 days.

How to De-Stem Kale (from Real Mom Nutrition)Photo at top from Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide

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{Recipe} Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie

by Sally on February 5, 2014

Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie from Real Mom Nutrition

The Polar Vortex got me dreaming of warmer temperatures in faraway places–where thermometers have never seen minus 10 degrees at high noon and where you don’t need to wear a ski mask to take out the recycling.

That was the inspiration for this smoothie, a new favorite of mine. Close your eyes and it’s part fruity summer drink, part vanilla milkshake.

Read “Make-Ahead Green Smoothie Packets” for tips on assembling these ahead of time.

Peaches & Vanilla Green Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen peaches (or pineapple)
  • 2 generous handfuls fresh baby spinach
  1. Put all ingredients in a high-speed blender in the order listed, ending with spinach.
  2. Process until completely smooth.
  3. Think about palm trees and flip-flops while drinking.



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