Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing is a zesty kale salad with plump strawberries, organic pineapples drizzled with a delightful citrus honey dressing that will have you looking hot in that bikini this summer.
You probably will not see a green smoothie on Bam’s Kitchen. Unless, that vibrant green colour was from a white chocolate mint vanilla frozen yogurt as teenagers are not too keen on drinking their vegetables.
However, we do every once in a while crave a good salad. The weather is starting to warm, except for those such as Australia, and others in the southern hemisphere. It is time to start thinking about getting lean and trim for those bikinis and Bermuda Trunks.
Tutti fruitti kale salad with citrus honey dressing is so delicious as it is half a fruit salad and half healthy kale salad. Sweet plump strawberries and pineapples were bountiful at the markets and these are my boys 2 favorite fruits. Tutti fruitti salad and citrus honey dressing is gluten-free, lactose free and vegan.
My teenage boys would never, ever in their right mind eat plain kale unless it is disguised as something else like just plain lettuce. I called it curly leaf lettuce and let me tell you with all of that delicious fruit and delicately drizzled citrus dressing it had them swooning over this salad.
I think both of my boys must have secret girlfriends as they both have been eating their body weight in fruits and vegetables and much less unhealthy snacks. I mean like lots of fruits. I can buy a bag of apples, bag of grapes, bunch of bananas, a quart of strawberries and some blueberries and just one day, it is all gone. Really! I have been checking for hallow legs and checking to see if they have been feeding the dog but I can find no evidence of this. The mind baffles.
On Thursdays, the Corner Market always re-stocks their fresh organic veggies. Today their kale looked so picture perfect. Kale can be slightly bitter and tough so there is one important step you must do to make this salad perfectly tender and well seasoned. First drizzle your chopped kale with a drizzle of olive oil and then sprinkle with sea salt and with your bare hands massage your kale like you would a new-born baby with baby oil. You really need to get in there and massage it good. Spoons, forks and spatulas are worthless for this job. You must use your hands as it is the only way to soften and moisturize the kale. Your kale will go from a light green to a bright “kelly” green as the oils penetrate into the leaves. You are seasoning the kale too. If this process does not work for you, then maybe you can use the plain kale as grass in the kids Easter baskets.
You can put in any fruit you like in Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing such as Grapes, kiwi, papaya, mangoes all would go great in here. You could also add fruits such as apples, pears and other fruits that oxidize as you will be using a citrus dressing that will help stop the oxidizing process.
The citrus and honey dressing was just a happy accident. As I was unloading the groceries I saw oranges, lemons and my limes falling out onto my kitchen counter. Sweet oranges with the tart lemons and lime was sublime. I already had the olive oil in the kale so just a little touch of honey to balance the flavors and it was complete.
If you want to make this Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing diabetic friendly, exchange the pineapple with another berry such as blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. Exchange the honey with a sugar substitute and do not add the juice of the orange but instead add a little of the orange zest.
If you are looking for a dish to pass for Easter dinner Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing is fast, delicious, colorful and healthy too.
I feel healthier already and I did not even have to plug my nose to drink one of those green health smoothies. As a matter of fact for the calories I saved up on this recipe, I can splurge and have that white chocolate mint vanilla frozen yogurt.
Light and zesty kale salad with plump strawberries, organic pineapples drizzled with a delightful citrus honey dressing.
- kale - 1 large bunch chopped and stalk and vein removed (about 4-5 cups chopped)
- olive oil - 2 tablespoons
- sea salt - 1/2 -1 teaspoon to taste
- strawberries - 1 cup (washed and sliced)
- pineapple - 1 cup (peeled and diced)
- Citrus Honey Dressing
- lemon juice - 1/2 of lemon juiced (1.5 tablespoons)
- lime juice - 1/2 of lime juiced (1 tablespoons)
- orange juice - 1/2 of orange juiced (1/8 cup)
- honey - 2 teaspoons (or to taste)- if diabetic use sugar substitute
Step 1: Add your washed and chopped kale to a large bowl. Make sure to remove the stems and the stiff veins as well. Add the olive oil and salt to taste and massage your kale leaves for about 2- 3 minutes or until the leaves change from a light green to a bright kelly green in colour.
Step 2: Add your sliced strawberries and pineapple or fruit of choice.
Step 3: Add the juice of half of a lemon, half of a lime and half of orange juices to the salad. Toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you like it more salty add more salt. If you like it sweeter add more honey.
Step 4: Serve tutti fruitti kale salad with citrus honey dressing along the side of any delicious main dish or as a light lunch all on its own.