Minty Kale Salad

Things are getting a little silly around here πŸ™‚

You may notice things look a little different/a little off.

No need to worry, The Diva-Dish is getting a MUCH needed pampered makeover.

Within the next 24 hours, things are going to be looking a little classier…So please bare with the craziness, and the randomness πŸ™‚

But I promise, you will love it!

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Way back when, salads were my go to kind of food.

I thought it was the ‘healthiest’ thing to order on the menu at restaurants, and would gladly down a cup of ranch dressing to go along side that.

Oh..

And if the restaurant had bread, you can guarantee that I dipped my bread into my gallon of ranch, all the while using that bread to lick my nutritious delicious salad plate clean.

Now hold on a second, because I’m not saying eating a salad with ranch and bread is sending you straight to the ‘worlds unhealthiest eater’ prison. If that’s your favorite kind of salad, then by all means dip and lick away. Living every once in a while, and eating our favorite foods in moderation (deep rich chocolate cake anyone?) will keep us sane..trust me. You wouldn’t want to know me if chocolate wasn’t allowed in my life.

But I believe that there are ‘better’ ways to enjoy the foods we love.

We can up the nutrients, the fiber, the vitamins, the protein, and everything else if we play around with recipes to have them include beneficial ingredients that will help our bodies stay strong and healthy.

With that being said, let me introduce you to,

Minty Kale Salad

*Kale Greens are a great alternative to regular lettuce and even Spinach. It has an amazing source of Fiber, Antioxidants, Vitamins K, A, and C, and aids in Digestion. For best taste results, remove stems from leaves, because the stems are the bitter part of the Kale Plant.*

Ingredients:

Creamy Mint Dressing: Recipe from OhSheGlows

1/4 C. Coconut Milk

1/2 C. Mint Leaves

1 TB. EVOO

3 TB. Lime Juice

2 Tsp. Agave Nectar

salt, pepper

1/2 tsp. Arrowroot powder for thickening (optional)

Ingredients for Salad:

1 Large Bunch of Kale (Read * above for health benefits)

Tomatoes (Great source of Lycopene, which aids in fighting cancer, and Vitamin C)

Avocados (Fight cancer, lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure)

Garbanzo Beans (Great Sources of Vitamins, Minerals, Fiber, and Protein)

Peaches (Great source of Beta CaroteneΒ which helps with eye and heart health. High fiber and high potassium)

Pecans (Heart healthy, natural antioxidants, lower cholesterol, aids w/ weight control, nutrient dense)

Goat Cheese (Easier to digest than cows milk, metabolism boosting, high in protein and calcium, nutrient dense)

(Everything optional, so add what ever you like on salads. If you a non-vegetarian, feel free to add maybe a lemon chicken. If your a vegetarian stick with the garbanzo beans and pecans for the protein, and if your a vegan, opt out on the goat cheese)

Directions:

1. Make the salad dressing by blending all ingredients in a blender and set aside. Gather Kale bunch and pick off leaves, and discard the stems. Put the leaves in a bowl and drizzle with desired dressing. Massage dressing into Kale Salad until FULLY coated. Let sit while preparing additional ingredients.

2. Once ready, throw additional ingredients on top. Sprinkle with coconut if feeling spontaneous.

3. Dig in!

I think I will be purchasing mint on a regular basis, because this was seriously the most refreshing salad I have ever had. It reminded me of summer!

And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my extra mint leaves when I woke up this morning..

That was until I found this:

I don’t even have a green thumb for pre-grown foods bought from the grocery store..

Just pitiful.

Oh well, it definitely didn’t stop me from continuing on with what I had in mind πŸ™‚

Minty Green Drink

Ingredients:

1 Cup Coconut Milk

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1 Heaping Cup Spinach

1 Heaping Cup Kale (no stems)

1/4 Cup Dead Mint Leaves

1/3 C. Frozen Cherries

1/3 C. Frozen Blueberries

1 small frozen banana

1 TB. Chia Seeds

1 TB. Walnuts

1 TB. Vanilla

Ice

Directions:

1. Blend till Creamy and Serve

Thanks again for your patience with the blog change.

I know that things can get a little silly and out of hand around here some times, but I appreciate those that visit often and continue to support this journey on living life the healthy way πŸ™‚

Or maybe…You just keep coming back because you want to see more of this little Chickpea:

That’s ok πŸ™‚

It’s completely healthy!





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Comments

  1. Ooo, I love kale! The salad looks amazing. πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see the new site changes!

  2. Love the salad! I haven’t had kale in a long time. I am going this minute to add it to my grocery list so I don’t forget to pick some up. Love kale!

  3. Sorry your mint died so fast–what a bummer! The salad looks incredible. I’m totally craving salads loaded with fresh veggies this summer.

  4. Oh Yum! I can’t wait to see the new changes πŸ™‚

  5. I LOVE mint in my smoothies. Such a great way to change up the flavor. I’m going to have to try it with my kale!

    Can’t wait to see the final result of the redesign! πŸ™‚

    • First time I added kale in my smoothie…YUCK!! haha but this time, since i removed the stems, i couldn’t even tell it was in there. AND i think the mint disguised it πŸ™‚

  6. Um, I want that smoothie NOW!!! It looks amazing! How did you get summaries of older posts on the bottom? I’ve been trying to do that. Love what your’e doing with your blog! Yay!!!

    • haha it was pretty tasty. I have a different theme and someone that is computer smart help me. He did a great job, I can give u his name if u want?

  7. Brittany says:

    I love the new look. It’s very you. I have so much mint in my garden right now I should try both of these recipes to get rid of some of it. I never forgot about your blog btw I still check it every-single-day! πŸ™‚ I plan on starting mine up again after I get situated in my apartment.

    • I was wondering if you had found an apartment! I am gald you did, and glad you still visit often πŸ™‚
      Oh and p.s., super jealous you have a garden with tons of mint!

  8. Oh wow, I love how this site looks now! So cute and girly! And the sandwich on the header looks amazing with the (grilled?) zucchini inside!
    So does this salad, and the smoothie πŸ™‚ Sorry about the mint, but you managed to put it to good use πŸ˜‰

  9. I LOVE the new design Ari! πŸ™‚ So vibrant, fun, and eye-catching just like your posts! πŸ™‚

    I have to say I am not a huge mint fan. However, your delicious salad and smoothie may be able to convince me otherwise! My husband loves smoothies and veggies but he’s not a blog reader. I keep telling him that even so he needs to be reading your blog because he would LOVE all of these recipes! πŸ™‚

    Although it’s certainly not the only reason I stop by I do love seeing your little chick pea! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Jenny!
      And I never thought I would be a mint fan either..but I love peppermint and things like that..so I dunno..I fell in love πŸ™‚
      and say hi to your Hubby for me!! πŸ™‚

  10. Gosh, what a beautiful salad!

  11. Love that pic! I have significantly changed my salads, but I’ve gotta’ admit, a good wedge with blue cheese n’ bacon still hits the spot every now and again. haha

  12. I love your new site Ari!! Everything looks fantastic πŸ™‚ I’ve never had kale before but this salad looks scrumptious πŸ˜€

  13. dang girl! look at you! I’m a dietietics major and you’re like 1000% better than me!!!

  14. Your is gorg, doll!!! Its so hawt!!

    I am in love with this smoothie recipe…you had me at coconut milk. SWOON!

    I need to incorporate more mint into my diet, its an easy green to get in πŸ™‚

    xxoo

    • Thank yoU!
      I am LOVING coconut milk right now! It is so creamy and perfect for smoothies. They are selling it in cartons now!
      And mint is a Yummy green for sure!

  15. Ahhh how cute is your little chick pea!!!!

    Don’t worry, my thumb is like BROWN. Even for counter top herbs. Yikes.

    That salad looks unreal!

  16. oh gosh, i imagine mint and kale are perfect together! Loving your little bloggie makeover! =)

  17. Can’t wait to see the new site!! I know it will look awesome!

    I love mint, LOVE coconut milk (that dressing sounds amazing), and I love kale. This salad sounds to die for!

  18. The new layout looks awesome, Ari! Super classy, I love it πŸ™‚ And that salad looks like summer — mmmm I’ve been craving salad more and more now that I’m in hotter weather (love!), so I’ll have to look into dressin’ it up with a coconut milk-based dressing! And I love how you refer to the little one as a chickpea – too cute!! πŸ™‚

  19. DELISH salade! Made it tonight and I am stuffed… Tomorrow I will make the green drink…

  20. Just made the Minty Green Drink… Loved it!! I had no banana but it was still perfect…

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