Kale and Broccoli Salad with Poppyseed Dressing is loaded with tart dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds, pine nuts and vibrant shredded cabbage. Your taste buds won’t ever care it’s a salad!
If you’ve noticed a trend of semi-healthier recipes lately, it isn’t by accident. I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier this summer, and have managed to lose ten pounds. I’m sure I’ll find them somewhere, but in the meantime maybe this will be the year I can finally rock a bikini. I don’t believe in diets, I don’t believe in trendy meal replacement shakes, and I don’t believe I have enough money for liposuction. I believe in eating real food like this Kale and Broccoli Salad with Poppyseed Dressing.
There isn’t a real secret to weight-loss. You simply need to consume less calories than you burn. Eating healthy foods like vegetables is a great way to get the nutrition you need to fuel your body while limiting calories, and there is no better way than exercising to burn excess calories.
When I want to drop some weight I load up on complex carbs like sweet potatoes and brown rice, lean meats like chicken and seafood, as well as a plethora of vegetables. A number of years back I shed a whopping fifty pounds doing this. However, over the course of the last couple years I managed to get reacquainted with much of that lost weight eating deep fried cheese curds, Cap’n Crunch French Toast, and Gnocchi Bacon Mac and Cheese. And you know what? I’d do it again!
Being healthy, to me, isn’t about living your whole life on a diet. It is about enjoying all the great foods I love in moderation with flavorful healthy choices sprinkled in. Sure, I love a good Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich, but I also go on a walk every day and I’m not adverse to eating a robust salad for lunch.
Enjoy life, and your food, people.
To make the poppyseed dressing, you will need a blender. I own and love my KitchenAid blender and highly recommend it if you are looking to add one to your kitchen, or replace your current blender.
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- 8 cups roughly chopped Kale stems removed
- 4 cups Broccoli Florets
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp grated onion
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.
Pour entire poppyseed dressing mixture over the top and toss to combine.
Add vinegar, sugar, salt, dry mustard, and onion to a blender and process till combined, ~20 seconds.
Place blender on high and slowly drizzle in oil to incorporate.
Turn off blender, pour into a dish and stir in poppyseeds.
If you don't have a large enough bowl, this recipe can easily be cut in half.
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