This chopped green salad is easy to make and loaded with super nutrients. We all know how great spinach and kale are and if you are not sure about kale, this is a good salad to start with. The kale is chopped small so it blends in with the spinach and other ingredients. When I made it the other night for dinner my husband said it was the best “kale thing” he ever ate and went for seconds. That is a big statement because I slip the superfood into a lot of recipes. The avocado and toasted almonds add great texture as well as protein and good fats. The Macadamia Nut oil adds a rich buttery flavor. If you have a hard time finding Macadamia nut oil or prefer not to invest in a bottle, you can substitute a good quality olive oil. It is wonderful oil to add to your pantry though. It is richer than any other oil in monounsaturated fats which help lower our LDL(bad) cholesterol and raise our HDL (good) cholesterol. Plus it tastes fantastic. But the super star of this salad is the Hemp seed. Hemp seeds are nutritional powerhouses. These little guys contain all 10 essential amino acids making them a complete protein and they have a high ratio of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s help build strong cell walls, brain function and liver function. In addition to adding them to salads they can be added to smoothies and sprinkled on yogurt, granola or cereal. All the good fats in this salad will keep you full and satisfied as well as help with brain function, which I am finding I need more and more help with!
Add 1/2 cup of slivered raw almonds and begin to toast, stirring frequently.
Saute until golden.
Place toasted almonds on a plate to cool, removing any burnt pieces.
Wash and tear 1/2 large head of kale.
Chop into small pieces.
Place kale in a large salad bowl.
Wash and dry 3 ounces of baby spinach.
Chop into small pieces.
Add the spinach to the salad bowl.
Cut one avocado in half and score crosswise and lengthwise.
Use a spoon to scoop out the pieces.
Repeat with the other half.
Add the avocado to the salad bowl.
Add the toasted warm almonds.
Top with 3 Tablespoons of Hemp Seeds.
Drizzle some Macadamia Nut oil over the salad, about 1 Tablespoon.
Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice from both halves over the salad.
Toss the salad and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serves 2 as an entree or 4 as a side salad.