This feature was sponsored by our friends at Align. All opinions are my own.
This is one of the best kale salads I’ve ever made and that says a lot because I’ve made hundreds of kale salads. This raw kale salad is not only quick to toss together but it’s simple, can be whipped up in 10 minutes and uses a few basic ingredients. You can serve this vegan kale salad with apples, cranberries or any other fruit you’d like if you can’t find fresh figs.
Gut Health & Probiotics
You know by now that I’m all about gut health.
I take my gut health and my overall health pretty seriously because I’ve been through C-diff colitis, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), Candida, heavy metals, and mold, all of which tanked my gut and left me looking pregnant for over a decade. All of these lovely health issues were lurking in my gut without me realizing it. Isn’t that just delicious?
It’s taken me over a decade to heal all of these health issues while trying out numerous protocols and feeling like I was going in circles while testing them all out. But the one thing I’ve kept consistent throughout all of this was PROBIOTICS.
And not just any ol’ probiotic. A probiotic called Align Extra Strength that actually works and helps support your microbiome, our ecosystem of bacteria. We are made up of more bacteria than we are cells and we shape our microbiome (and they adapt to changes in our environment) by the foods we eat, our stress level and the amount of bacteria we put into our bodies.
The type of bacteria we DO want in our bodies is beneficial bacteria and that’s exactly what probiotics are!
I mean, let’s face it…we live in a time where there are more toxins around us than anything else and our bodies simply cannot process them all. Add processed, inflammatory foods to that and you may end up with Dysbiosis and many of the gut health issues mentioned above.
Here’s why I love Align.
It’s gluten-free and comes in easy-to-swallow capsules as well as flavored chewables that should be taken once-a-day, it’s easy to travel with because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and it now comes in Extra-Strength, which contains 5x more good bacteria, so it’s ideal for anyone who’s looking for a little more oomph from their probiotic to support their digestive system’s natural balance.*
Getting our beneficial bacteria from probiotics is such an easy way to reap the benefits for our busy lifestyles and today’s recipe includes chickpea miso, which is a probiotic-rich fermented food that you can purchase in the refrigerated section of your local food store. Be sure not to buy soy miso! Speaking of miso, let me tell you how to make this dressing and toss it all together for a gut-friendly meal that will leave your belly quite happy!
That said, let’s make a salad together, shall we?
How-To Make Kale Salad
Click the PLAY button below to listen. This audio clip also includes my personal tips on gut health.
As I talk about in my book, Eating Clean, being ‘healthy’ is not about calories IN, calories OUT. It’s about the quality of your food and the quality of the bacteria in your gut (beneficial bacteria-aka probiotics vs. non-beneficial bacteria). The name of the game here is that you want more beneficial bacteria than non-beneficial bacteria so that your gut and your entire body can be healthy because almost 70% of your immune system is located inside your gut.
This is why eating clean, anti-inflammatory foods and a high quality probiotic like Align are so important. And, it’s exactly why I made you this delicious and super easy kale salad recipe today because it’s filled with probiotic-rich foods and lots of fiber to feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut.
NOTE: You can easily make a kale salad with apples or a kale salad with cranberries or any other fruit you’d like if you don’t have fresh figs nearby!
- Massage the kale using your hands and a little bit (exact quantities below) of olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt making the kale super duper tender. This is how you ‘cook’ the kale without really cooking it with heat because this method takes the kale from its hard texture to a soft texture. Add remaining ingredients: fresh figs, red cabbage, Swiss chard, walnuts, fresh mint and lemon zest.
- Whisk together the creamy dressing of tahini, water, salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder and drizzle over the salad.
SHOP the RECIPE
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This is one of the best kale salad’s I’ve ever made and I’ve made hundreds of kale salads. This raw kale salad is not only quick to toss together but it’s simple, can be whipped up in 10 minutes and uses a few basic ingredients. Serve this vegan kale salad with apples, cranberries or any other fruit you’d like if you can’t find fresh figs.
- 1 head dinosaur (flat) kale finely chopped and stems removed
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. olive oil extra-virgin
- sea salt to taste
- 1 head Swiss chard finely chopped and stems removed
- 1 medium purple cabbage thinly sliced
- 4 large fresh figs halved
- 2 Tbsp. walnuts chopped
- 1 Tbsp. fresh mint finely chopped
- 2 tsp. lemon zest
- 4 Tbsp. tahini well-stirred
- 6 Tbsp. warm water
- 1 tsp. chickpea miso paste optional
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt plus more to taste
- 1/4 tsp. pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- chili powder pinch
Massage the kale in a large mixing bowl using your hands with the lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt, to taste. Massage for 2 minutes or until the kale is very tender and dark green.
Add the Swiss chard, cabbage, figs, walnuts, mint and lemon zest. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, mix together all the dressing ingredients until it forms your desired dressing consistency.
Add more water or lemon juice, if needed. Drizzle this dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.