Kale and Grapefruit Bounty Salad

June 2020 - Lunch & Dinner

Kale and Grapefruit Bounty Salad

This Kale and Grapefruit Bounty Salad is inspired by the abundant seasonal produce and herbs available at our local markets at the height of summer! This colourful, local, ultra fresh salad can be on your table in 15 minutes and is brimming with incredible, heart-healthy, antioxidant-rich superfoods and nutrients. A bed of baby spinach, crisp kale, cherry tomatoes, radishes, grapefruit, oranges, fresh mint, parsley, basil – dressed with local Little Creek dressing! Enjoy this feel good salad as a light, plant-based entrée or side dish whenever you’re in the mood for something quick and nutritious, or as a beautiful accompaniment to grilled fish, it’s AMAZING with salmon or tofu!

Once the weather is finally warm, summer salads are where it’s at! Salads are a beautiful way to highlight the fresh produce of season: and they’re perfect side dishes for barbecues or outdoor dinner parties that fill the summer evenings! This salad tastes even better on a hot summer night with a glass of Rosé! We have so many amazing wineries here in the Okanagan to chose from! A few of my favourites are Kitsch, Quails Gate, Little Straw and Sandhill! Cheers!

I’ve made this salad several times, using what I have on hand. Sometimes I don’t find grapefruits and will just use oranges instead. This time I used grapefruits as well as oranges and it was delicious!

I try and always purchase my produce from local markets like Natures Fare, or farmers markets. Supporting local is so important for so many reasons, but one of the largest reasons being that you’ll be able to put money back into your community. It gives your local economy a chance to thrive.

A few other reason why I love supporting local and buying fruits and vegetables in season –

1) Healthier – Seasonal fruits and veggies haven’t been processed or transported long distances. Which means fresher, more nutritious food because the vitamins and nutrients haven’t had as much time to break down.

2) For the environment – Shipping foods across large distances can cause environmental damage by using a ton of energy to refrigerate them. Less chemicals are also needed to fertilize in-season fruit and veggies!

3) Saves you money – A lot of the time farmers market prices will be lower in cost because there is an increased supply of in-season fruits and vegetables which drives the price down! Plus, produce that hasn’t been sitting in a truck for days will last longer, and that can save you money by reducing food waste.

4) Taste – Last but not least, in-season produce is always fresher and tastes WAY better!!

Kale and Grapefruit Bounty Salad

Directions

  1. Prepare the salad ingredients by washing the kale and spinach, and de-stemming the kale. Message the kale with your hands for approximately 5 minutes to break down the tough cell structure which will yield a softer texture. It is also a lot easier to digest this way!
  2. Slice up the grapefruit and oranges.
  3. Wash and slices the cheery tomatoes and radishes.
  4. Wash the herbs and tear the leaves off the stems
  5. To assemble the salad toss all the salad ingredients together in a bowl. Drizzle over your dressing of choice and season with salt + pepper as desired! “

Bailey Campbell has a passion to inspire others to fuel their bodies with great tasting food and make you feel your best! She doesn’t believe there is a “perfect” diet for everyone; she believes in balance and finding what works best for you and hopes to inspire you to live your healthiest, best life!! @basicwithbails

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