Superfood salad

Once upon a time when we lived in London and had oodles of time on our hands we would make very elaborate meals that involved endless evenings in the kitchen drinking copious amounts of red wine and chatting for hours while we cooked. These days, with our 18 month usually nipping at our heels shouting “up up” as we cook, we strive for simplicity. One of our favorite things to make / eat back in the day was the Leon cookbook Superfood Salad. It is very green – chock full of yummy veggies and freshness. Sadly we haven’t made it since the baby was born because even though it’s not that complicated, it involves a few too many steps.

With spring around the corner, I’ve been craving more GREENS, so we came up with this stripped down version of a “superfood salad” – it’s just fresh raw kale marinated in a green goddess dressing topped with pumpkin seeds.

Serves 1 hungry adult. I’ve been making this as my lunch when baby J is napping so the below is for an individual portion size, but this recipe can easily be doubled by using a whole avocado and more of everything. I’ll work on figuring out exact quantities for a family sized version and update the post ASAP!

Green Goddess Dressing:

1/2 ripe avocado
2 TBSP EVOO
2 TBSP Braggs Apple Cider Vingegar
1 tsp runny honey
salt & pepper to taste

Salad:

A few handfuls of kale
2 TBSP pumpkin seeds

First mash the avocado. Add all the other ingredients and mix together in a medium sized bowl. The dressing should be nice and thick, but still liquidy. If needed, add a bit more EVOO / Apple Cider Vinegar.

To prepare the salad, just toss a couple of handfuls of raw kale into the bowl and coat the leaves in the dressing. Finish it off by adding the pumpkin seeds. Allow to marinate in the fridge for 10-15 minutes or longer if you can stand the wait!! For extra protein add a runny hardboiled egg, smoked salmon, beef or chicken on top.

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