Written by: Diane Maier, Blue Belt in Jiu Jitsu, Competitor & Mom
A nutrient-dense vegan salad that you can add any protein to if desired.
Dinosaur Kale Salad I like the flavor and texture of dinosaur kale but any variation of kale would work for this recipe. Dinosaur kale is denser and slightly sweeter than other varieties and holds up well if you choose to braise it for other recipes.
1-2 bunches of dinosaur kale chopped (remove dense stems if using raw)
Handful of arugula (adds peppery flavor)
1/2 cup cooked black rice (high in antioxidants)1 can drained chickpeas (good protein source)
1/4 cup paper-thin slices of fennel (high in fiber with celery-like texture)
1/4 cup mini sweet peppers chopped into rings.
As for the salad dressing, you can choose one that fits your dietary needs. Not all salad dressings are gluten-free or vegan. And watch fat calories and sugars which can be high in salad dressings. Side note: pasta sauces can also be very high in sugar. Read your labels!
I prefer the Black Garlic Balsamic Vinaigrette I get at Whole Foods. It is flavorful and low in fat and sugar. Mix your ingredients and play with your quantities based on your flavor preferences. I also encourage you to add or replace items. Experiment with new items in small quantities. There are a lot of wonderful herbs and vegetables and grains out there to try. Give your local farmers market some love and go have some fun with food!