Carrie’s ‘Staying Alive’ Kale Salad

Kale is not only incredibly nutritious, it’s tasty too. CARRIE STEELE gifts us her salad recipe.

Have I ever mentioned I love kale? Well I do, in a big way. And it goes far deeper than just liking the taste of it. From a psychological perspective, eating it just makes me feel good, genuinely good.

In the last few weeks there’s been a shortage of kale at the markets. No one seems to really know why, but my local grower tells me her rows just aren’t turning up the same volume as normal. However, this lovely lady has been hiding away her limited stock of bags in the back of her car for her ‘regular’ market customers each week, which just serves to make me love it even more.

Here’s my own healthy recipe for a kale salad. Hubby and I eat this every day for lunch, and when I want to jazz it up to serve for dinner, I add either oven-grilled (no oil added – just a splash of tamari) cubed tempeh or tofu, or roasted chopped pumpkin and kumara, which turns the salad into a heartier meal.


Ingredients – Please use spray free/organic ingredients wherever possible:

A bunch of kale – spray free/organic, chopped. (Tip: If you’re using ‘conventional’ kale, wash it well, then soak it for at least 20 minutes in a big bowl of water with some white vinegar, then wash it again and spin dry. The soaking will get rid of a lot of the insecticide spray that’s likely on it.)

1 lemon – squeeze the juice over the kale and massage it in well, before you add the other ingredients

2-3 large carrots – grated

1 medium size beetroot – grated

I smallish red onion, very finely sliced

2-3 tomatoes, chopped

1 can of chickpeas, mixed beans or black beans (my favourite is chick peas)

Toss all the ingredients together in a big bowl (with room for tossing…)

Lastly, add a good splash of tamari, a few shakes of chilli powder, 2-3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, 2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (don’t leave these out, they really bring the salad together and add a lot of nutrients) and gently fold through.

Once you’ve made this, you can get imaginative and start adding your own variations. Enjoy!




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