This colorful and nutrient dense Power Kale Salad is filled with crunchy vegetables, drizzled with a peanut dijon dressing and topped with salty peanuts! The perfect salad to fuel you up!
Did you really think it would be that long before I created another salad for us?
I guess you can say I am over, warm, hearty and stick to your bones dishes (although as I write this, it is 2 degrees and I am craving a big ol bowl of chicken and dumplings! Bi polar much?). And welcoming all vibrant, fresh and healthy salads that I can makes me feel just as good on the inside as this salad appears on the outside.
I am so ecstatic about this salad. The colors. The flavors. Everything! Did I mention the colors?
I made this salad out a ‘clean out the fridge’ effort. Don’t you love when accidental successes happen?
I had copious amounts of kale, red peppers, purple cabbage and carrots lying around. Rather than finding individual recipes to use them for, I threw them all together as I have been craving big, colorful salads lately. Mostly for nutritious reasons but secondly because when I get hungry between photographing and cleaning, I want something now. And more times than not, it is not what I am working on. Oh the troubles of the food blogging.
Kale is all the rage. While a few years ago, you would have seen me adding spinach to all my salads. And while I still love spinach in salads and dishes, kale is its bigger brother that can hold up to some heat in soups and pasta, and can still maintain its shape in premade salads. Making it ideal to make on a Sunday, prepped and just awaiting for lunch time throughout the week.
This salad is full of nutrients and enough to keep you on track throughout the week. The chickpeas keep you full for hours and all the veggies ensure you are well on your way to filling your 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day! Plus the chopped peanuts on top add that crunch we all love. Texture city here!
And the dressing? You thought that Peanut Dijon dressing was last weeks news? You are sadly mistaken as it is back! I knew you would be just as excited as me. It is slightly sweet, savory and full of peanut flavor. Just pass me a spoon.
With a salad this sexy, I will be swimsuit ready in no time. Now if Mother Nature would come around….
- 1 large bunch kale, finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1½ cups julienned carrots
- ½ head purple cabbage, sliced
- 2 cups finely chopped broccoli florets
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can chickpeas, drained & rinsed
- ¾ cup peanuts
- For the Dressing:
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ lime, juiced
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ½ tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¾ teaspoon garlic
- Salad: Toss all kale, red bell pepper, carrots, cabbage, broccoli and chickpeas together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Dressing: In a small blender, prepare the dressing.
- When ready to serve, add 2 tablespoons, per serving, over the salad and toss. Top with chopped peanuts.
Hungry for more power salads?