Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kale, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli Salad

Elizabeth and Andrew recently completed a unit on immigrants.  They researched immigrants, created a character, wrote their story and even had their picture taken in immigrant clothing.  Elizabeth selected the name of Amanda.  I’m not sure why but while she is telling us all about the project, my mind jumps to “Amanda” – “A Mann, duh?!?!” and I try to figure out if I can use that somehow for a future holiday card.  I think I missed the point and failed on my ability to “be present” as a parent.

Cake balls and kale salad.  In my book, Charlotte can cook.  Don’t let the health value of this salad turn you away.  You chop up the ingredients so fine in the food processor that all you will taste is flavor and nuttiness and the sweet-tart of the cranberries and the refreshing zing of the dressing.  And then because you’ve been so healthy eating this salad, treat yourself to a cake ball (or two).

Kale, Cabbage, Brussels Sprout and Broccoli Salad
  1. Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch Collection salad mix (10 oz) OR 4 cups of these ingredients mixed:
    • Kale
    • Green Cabbage
    • Red Cabbage
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Broccoli
  2. ½ c Sunflower seeds, roasted and unsalted
  3. ½ c Dried cranberries (like Craisins)
  4. ½ c Parmesan cheese, grated
  5. 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
  6. 3 Tbsp Olive oil
  7. ½ Tbsp Honey
  8. Salt and pepper to taste 

Pour half of the Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch Collection salad mix in a food processor and pulse until chopped.  Remove and place in your mixing bowl.  Repeat with the other half of the bag of salad.  A 10 oz bag will yield about 4 cups of chopped salad.  OR finely chop or place in food processor a mix of kale (tough stems removed), green cabbage, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts and broccoli to create your own salad mix. 

Put sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and parmesan cheese into the chopped salad mix.

Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil and honey and pour over salad mixture.  Toss.  Season with salt and pepper.  Enjoy! 

PS - because I know you wanted to see the immigrant pictures.

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