Making a great salad takes talent. My dear friend, Michelle, is the master. One day I'll steal her signature recipe and share it with all of you! But for today, I bring you this highly alkalizing (kale, Brussels, lemon, almonds) deeelish green salad with a lemon Dijon vinaigrette and toasted almonds that you can toss together in minutes. In the endless search for balance in our lives, alkalizing foods neutralize the acid in our body. The acid comes from foods like animal protein, sugar, dairy, some grains and then does what acid does - eats away. But before you forbid those foods from your diet, load up on the alkalizers - like what's in this salad - to balance your pH levels for good health. If you're interested in experimenting more with alkalizing foods, sign up for my 7-Day Detox by 3/14. It starts 3/16.
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 container of baby kale
12 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded with a knife
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1/3 cup almonds with skins, coarsely chopped
1 T avocado oil
OPTIONAL: 1 cup finely grated Pecorino
Combine lemon juice, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, 1/4 tsp salt, and a pinch of pepper in a small bowl. Stir to blend; set aside to let flavors meld.
Mix kale and shredded Brussels in a large bowl.
Heat 1T avocado oil over medium-high heat.
Add almonds to skillet and stir frequently until golden brown in spots, about 2 minutes. Transfer nuts to a paper towel–lined plate. Sprinkle almonds lightly with salt.
Slowly whisk olive oil into lemon-Dijon mixture.
Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
Add dressing (and cheese if you like) to greens; toss to coat.
Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Garnish with almonds.
TIME: 15 Minutes
HEARTFUL RECIPE - One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn or peanuts.