I needed to come up with a recipe that would use over half a dozen vegetables, and I needed it FAST!
Enter this beauty:
5 large stems of kale, stripped from stem and chopped
2 beets, boiled, peeled, and diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
3/4 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 C butter beans (I got mine from my mother's garden, but you could use frozen peas or cooked lentils)
1/8 C sunflower seeds
1/8 C pumpkin seeds
1/4 C nutritional yeast, divided
1/4 C EVOO, divided
1-1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
1/2-1 tsp Herbamare (or salt)
1/2 tsp pepper
1 avocado, peeled and cubed (for garnish)
Note: If you don't have some of the ingredients listed above, just substitute them for similar ingredients. Don't be scared to get creative and use. what. you. have.
Double Note: For those of you that are wondering, I made Bo some Italian Sausage to go on top of his salad! :)
- Prepare all vegetables as described above.
- Add kale to a large serving bowl.
- Toss kale with half of the EVOO and half of the nutritional yeast.
- Add all vegetables, peas, and seeds into the bowl.
- Toss with the remaining half of the EVOO, the remaining half of the nutritional yeast, and the balsamic vinegar.
- Sprinkle herbamare and pepper over the top of the salad.
- Toss very well until each kale leaf and individual vegetable is coated with the dressing.
- If serving immediately, top with cubed avocado.
- If not serving immediately, chill in the refrigerator and wait to top with avocado until ready to serve.
Doesn't it look like a rainbow on my plate?!
Red = red bell pepper
Orange = carrots
Yellow = nutritional yeast
Green = kale, pumpkin seeds, and avocado
Blue = hmmm....
Indigo = double hmmm...
Violet = beets
White = cucumber
Since I didn't have any blue or indigo in the salad, can I get extra points for the white cucumber?! Come on, cut me a break! They say there aren't any true blue foods anyway... :)
Honestly I think this is the prettiest salad I have ever made...and that's saying quite a bit considering I make a lot of salad!
Before I close, I thought this post presented the perfect opportunity to chat a little about nutritional yeast. I am NOT talking about the yeast you use in bread! Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that boasts numerous health benefits, especially for vegetarians and vegans.
What do you make when you have a lot of soon-to-be-over-ripe produce? I would love to hear your ideas!
Ally and Bo