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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Klunker's powerhouse salad with creamy sweet lemon dressing

Klunker's powerhouse salad with creamy sweet lemon dressing

What do you do with all those extra greens you purchased, thinking you would use them all up?  Well, I don't know if you are like me, but many of them go to waste because I think big and never end up following through like I should.
Don't get me wrong, I do eat a lot of greens, but for some reason, I can never eat all that I get from the market, and without fail throw some away.  Today I decided that I was not going to do that.  I was going to  use these greens and I was going to enjoy them dammit.  
I came up with this salad and dressing as a way to use a lot of powerhouse greens.  By powerhouse greens I mean, kale, brussel sprouts and broccoli.   Adding other amazing flavors like carrots, bell peppers, sweetness from organic raisins and a dressing that really ties it all together, well, it is simply amazing.
For this recipe you will do much better if you have a Salad Shooter®, or a slicing blade on your food processor.  This can all be done by hand, but if you can get your hands on one of those two items, it will help a lot.

 Ingredients

For the salad

1 lb. fresh brussel sprouts, trimmed and sliced thin
1/2 lb. fresh broccoli, trimmed and sliced thin 
1/4 lb. Tuscan kale (dinosaur kale), washed, massaged and sliced into thin strips 
1 15oz. can of great northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
1/2c organic (if you can find) raisins 
1 large red bell pepper, washed and sliced thin

Combine all of the above in a large bowl.  Use your hands and really mix well.  Cover and set in the fridge for a half hour to chill.
While it is chilling, lets make the dressing.

For the dressing 

1/2c fresh lemon juice
zest of one lemon
1/2 block of firm silken tofu
1/2c maple syrup
2 tablespoons of white miso 
Dash of salt and pepper

Combine all the dressing ingredients into a blender and blend until very smooth.  You will not need a lot of dressing for the salad, so you can use on other salads or maybe even a baked potato.  I let the dressing also chill for a bit, and then went to town and ate a lot of powerhouse salad.  I hope you give it a try and enjoy it as much as I did.


 

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