Happy Friday, friends. I hope you have had a week full of clarity and growth. And I sincerely hope that the weekend ahead is a joyful one, whether you work, lounge, or travel.
If I may be so bold, I suggest you include this salad in your weekend noshing. It is light, bright, and packed with nutrients. Kale nourishes the body with vitamins K and C, beta carotene, lutein, and calcium. Low on the glycemic index, grapefruit contains powerful phytochemicals as well as lycopene and Vitamin C. (Does anyone remember the days of the grapefruit diet? ) By now, I think we all know that avocados are considered a "superfood." Rightfully so as this fleshy fruit is packed with fiber, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamins K, E, and C. In addition, they provide the body with healthy fat that helps to transport these nutrients, and those in the food you eat alongside them, to the cells that need them. Walnuts also contain this fat (poly and monounsaturated) as well as protein, omegas 3 and 6, iron, and zinc.
In short, this salad is amazingly cleansing and fortifying. Many of the nutrients contained in each ingredient are known cancer-fighters while others benefit the heart, eyes, and mind.
The dressing is simple and healthy, requiring only honey, oil, balsamic vinegar, cayenne, and salt.
As our bodies face rapid changes in weather and attempt to fight off the ever rampant flu, cold, or allergies, let's offer them a helping hand and fill them with fuel. I promise, this sweet, crunchy, slightly spicy salad doesn't taste a thing like medicine, but it's every bit as powerful.
Grapefruit and Avocado Kale Salad
- 1 bunch Kale (torn or chopped into bite sized pieces)
- 1 Grapefruit (sliced into bite sized segments)
- 1 Avocado (sliced into bite sized segments)
- 1/2 cup Walnuts (coarsely chopped)
- Spicy Honey Balsamic Dressing (recipe below)
1. In a large bowl, massage chopped (or torn) kale for 3-5 minutes, until the color deepens and leaves soften. Set aside.
2. Slice grapefruit and avocado. Chop walnuts.
3. Toss fruit and nuts together with kale. Drizzle salad with dressing if desired.
Spicy Honey Balsamic Dressing
- 2-3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar (I used a fig-infused balsamic vinegar, but plain will do the trick.)
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne (more or less to your taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon Coarse Salt
In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together until well combined.
With love, grapefruit, and wishes for your well being, Lindsey