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Baby Kale Salad

February 26, 2020   12 Comments

This baby kale salad is for all the kale haters out there. I know you read this website even though I keep trying to sell you kale.

Baby Kale Salad

Why do I do it? Have you check out the nutritional information on kale?

Two cups of baby kale contains 3 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 10% of magnesium, 170% of vitamin A, 170% of vitamin C, and 750% of vitamin K.

How can you go wrong? Usually, I try to sell you regular grown-up kale see: raw kale caesar salad and best kale salad.

Today, we will talk about baby kale. It is not wearing diapers (in case you were wondering).

What is baby kale? Simply put, it is kale that is picked before it grows into the huge leaf that you must strip off the stem before you eat. It is a great kale alternative for those who find regular kale too tough to eat.

You see how nice and leafy this looks?

I found it next to the lettuce, arugula, and spinach. It is pre-washed so it is SO EASY. You really have no excuses not to try it.

It does taste like kale, but I find the flavor a bit mellower than the adult version and it is much easier to chew.

This salad includes an apple as a contrast to the more bitter kale. This is a mostly savory salad with a little bit of sweet crunch.

I included sunflower seeds to bring up the nutritional value even more. Any time you add a seed - you are adding a punch of nutrients that your body will love. They also make your salad much more interesting and all you have to do is toss them on there.

Have you tried baby kale? What did you think of it?

Baby Kale Salad

5.0 from 4 reviews

For two servings

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Ingredients

4 cups baby kale
1 apple, diced
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, salted

For dressing:
1.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Put kale and apples in a large bowl. Mix olive oil, mustard, vinegar, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour dressing on salad and toss. Add sunflower seeds and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

260 calories, 13.4 g fat, 1.6 g saturated fat, 34.3 g carbohydrates, 11.8 g sugar,7.1 g protein, 7.1 g fiber, 128 mg sodium, 4 Purple, 4 Blue, 4 Green 4SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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12 Comments:

I like the sound of these flavors and textures alot! At present I'm working on oil-free dressings [not fat-free tho] and I've been liking homemade hummus this week. I throw into the blender with chickpeas, an oven-roasted red pepper and about 8-9 kalamata olives, 1 garlic clove and lemon juice. I think it would go great on your kale-apple salad. I'll serve this tonight. Thanks Lisa!

on April 14, 2019

Baby kale! I’m in. Always looking for more interesting, nourishing salad materials. Love Snack Girl. Thank you!

on April 14, 2019

I have tried baby kale and I love it! I saw it at Trader Joes and grabbed it...I am not one to be massaging my food before I eat it. I will cook, prep, etc, but just cannot bring myself to do the extra step/steps for regular kale. This is the way to go!!!

on April 14, 2019

I use kale often but I think it was Dr. Oz that warned to switch between kale and other leafy greens because too much Vit.A can be a danger to the liver.

on April 14, 2019

Baby kale is so much easier to digest

on April 14, 2019

This looks great and so simple . . . but where are the carbs coming from - the apple?

on April 15, 2019

@Lynn - Yes, the carbs are coming from the apple. Thanks for your question!

on April 17, 2019

Some kale in the diet is great, but did you notice the Vit K-it’s 750% of your daily need, and it ups your clotting factor. Too much can be dangerous. My healthy brother almost kaled himself! Blood clots, everywhere. Moderation is warranted.

on February 27, 2020

Reminds me of the new kale salad at Chik fal a. Have you tried it? It's good and served with almonds!

★★★★★ on February 27, 2020

Lisa, this definitely looks like a (kale) salad I would be willing to try! Love that it's 2 servings as I always make lunch for me and my daughter as I work part-time with her (and truthfully getting a little tired of veggie soup; she is vegetarian and I keep trying to make each week's soup a little different! and now Spring is (hopefully)coming and we will be ready to eat salads again

★★★★★ on February 27, 2020

YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD! HOW WONDERFUL IS THIS W/BABY KALE. YOU CAN JUST ADD AS MANY VEGGIES AS YOU WANT. THE NUTRITION INFORMATION WAS GREAT. THANK ALL OF YOU FOR SHARING, LEARNED A FEW NEW THINGS I DID NOT KNOW, LYNNE, THANK YOU. ALSO, I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO SWITCH KALE, RATHER THAN JUST ADD SOME OTHER LEAFY SALADS TO IT IF YOU NEED TOO, LIKE THE 1/2 & 1/2 TO IT. OK, "SNACK GIRL" THAT ARM W/APPLE SAYS, AGAIN TO ME "LET'S GO, I'M ON BOARD, WITH "BABY KALE" EVERYONE HAVE A BLESSED & SAFE DAY" ANNETTE

on February 27, 2020

Yes, baby kale is wonderful! So light tasting. I have found a nice mix of baby kale and baby spinach at my local Stop & Shop. If I recall, you shop there too! It is called the Smoothie Blend and it is from Nature's Promise. So good!

★★★★★ on March 2, 2020


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