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Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing

Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing is a zesty kale salad with plump strawberries, organic pineapples drizzled with a delightful citrus honey dressing. 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of July, Cardiac Friendly, Easter, Gluten Free, Salads, Sauces and Dressings, Summer Time Favorites
Servings: 4
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Healthy World Cuisine

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups kale 1 large bunch chopped and stalk and vein removed (about 4-5 cups chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup strawberries (washed and sliced)
  • 1 cup pineapple
    (peeled and diced) If diabetic exchange with a berry or just increase the amount of kale to berry ratio.

Citrus Honey Dressing

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/8 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp honey (or to taste)- if diabetic use sugar substitute

Instructions

  • Add your washed and chopped kale to a large bowl. Make sure to remove the stems and the stiff veins as well. Add the olive oil and salt to taste and massage your kale leaves for about 2- 3 minutes or until the leaves change from a light green to a bright kelly green in colour.
  • Add your sliced strawberries and pineapple or fruit of choice.
  • Add the juice of half of a lemon, half of a lime and half of orange juices and honey to the salad. Toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you like it more salty add more salt. If you like it sweeter add more honey.
  • Serve tutti fruitti kale salad with citrus honey dressing along the side of any delicious main dish or as a light lunch all on its own. 
  • If you want to make in advance, prepare your kale and chop your fruit and prepare your dressing separately and then toss everything together before your guests arrive.

Notes

Kale can be tough so there is one important step you must do to make this salad perfectly tender and well seasoned. First drizzle your chopped kale with a drizzle of olive oil and then sprinkle with sea salt and with your bare hands massage your kale like you would a new-born baby with baby oil. You really need to get in there and massage it good. Spoons, forks and spatulas are worthless for this job. You must use your hands as it is the only way to soften and moisturize the kale. Your kale will go from a light green to a bright "kelly" green as the oils penetrate into the leaves. You are seasoning the kale too.
You can put in any fruit you like in Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing such as Grapes, kiwi, papaya, mangoes all would go great in here. You could also add fruits such as apples, pears and other fruits that oxidize as you will be using a citrus dressing that will help stop the oxidizing process.
If you want to make this Tutti Fruitti Kale Salad and Citrus Honey Dressing lower carb or diabetic friendly, exchange the pineapple with another berry such as blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. Exchange the honey with a sugar substitute and do not add the juice of the orange but instead add a little of the orange zest.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6733IU | Vitamin C: 128mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg