Hello lovelies, I‘m particularly pleased to share today’s recipe for a kale salad with orange and fennel with you, as it is my absolute favorite salad at the moment. Kale as a salad is not for everyone. But today I’m going to show you an easy way to cook it, so hopefully you’ll like it too. There is a simple trick, because dear Mr. Kale is a bit vain and wants to be massaged. It may sound strange at first, but if you massage the dressing into it, the kale will not only be nice and soft, but also easier to digest.
Luckily I still have the delicious green in my raised bed, so I can enjoy the salad every day. And this is really highly recommended, especially in the winter months, because kale provides a lot of nutrients, iron, protein and antioxidants. It belongs to the vegetables with the highest content of vitamin C. So, you can enjoy it as a salad for example, but also as chips, in a smoothie, etc.
And now here is the recipe for the kale salad with orange and fennel:
Kale salad with orange and fennel
- 300 gr (10.5 oz.) kale
- 2 oranges
- 1 fennel
- 50 gr (1/3 cup) pine nuts
- 2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds
- 3 Tbsp tahini
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Squirt of lemon juice
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup optional
- salt & pepper
- Wash the kale and pluck the leaves from the stem
- Filet the oranges
- Finely slice the fennel or use a mandoline
- Roast the pine nuts in a pan without oil
- Remove the pomegranate seeds
- Add the ingredients for the dressing to a jar and shake it well
- Add the kale in a bowl and massage it with the dressing until it becomes smooth
- Add the other salad ingredients to the bowl and serve it
I love the combination with the thinly sliced fennel, the fresh oranges and the pine nuts. The dressing only has a few ingredients, but it just goes perfectly with the intense kale. I am generally a big tahini fan and like to use it for my dressings, but also in dips or sweet snacks. The quality of the tahini is very important here. Unfortunately there are big differences and I was disappointed with the common varieties in supermarkets and organic shops, because they are so bitter. I have now found my favorite, but that was in Tel Aviv. But what I can recommend to you is the “abroad” department in the supermarkets, they usually have tahini there and that’s often great!
Once again the orange in the salad helps to support the absorption of the valuable iron of the dark leafy green. The pomegranate seeds are not only a great eye-catcher with their bright red color, but also give the salad a special freshness and that certain something.
In contrast to other leaf lettuce, kale doesn‘t collapse so quickly. Therefore the kale salad with orange and fennel is also great for meal prep or on the go. I ate it again the next day and it was just as tasty.
Have you ever massaged your kale? It really makes a huge difference, you will love the salad so much. Or you can add the chips to your soup, you can already find a delicious recipe here.
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