Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Raw Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Walnuts


Did you ever cry into a bowl of Brussels sprouts? No? A few weeks ago I had one of those moments where I struggled with what to eat. I’ve been incorporating a lot more fruits and veggies into my daily regimen. Most of the time it’s been pretty easy for me to follow a healthy diet. I know that fruits and veggies fuel my body. I know they are good for me but sometimes I JUST DON’T WANT THEM!

I was contemplating what to eat a few hours before going to the gym. I had a little bit of protein for my snack but needed a fruit or veggie. I love Brussels sprouts. It’s not that I don’t dig them. The problem was that I could not stop thinking about all the other things in the house: potato chips, cookies, ice cream, etc. I wanted to eat for comfort not for fuel. I fought the temptation but it took everything I had to fight it. I roasted some Brussels sprouts and found myself near tears as I sat down to eat them. Eating healthy is a struggle. Eating healthy is hard. I was proud of myself for fighting the temptation but exhausted at the emotional struggle I faced.

I made it to the gym that night. I was thankful I fought the temptation to eat for comfort. After the gym I had no desire to eat anything but a healthy dinner and call it a day. I just wish it was that easy all the time.


In order to avoid another meltdown I’ve been dressing up my meals to be more colorful to cheer up my winter doldrums and make healthy eating a little more fun. This salad is a light meal I would definitely want to eat before heading to the gym.

Kale has been touted as one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. The walnuts provide a great source of protein. The pomegranate seeds and red onion give the salad a nice bite to it. If you find yourself struggling to eat healthy like I did make sure to put this salad into your rotation. It will definitely cheer you up and fuel you up!

Recipe from Whole Living

Raw Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Walnuts

Serving Size: 4


1 bunch kale, torn

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (from 1/2 fruit)

2 tablespoons chopped red onion

1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Coarse salt and pepper


1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange walnuts on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, checking frequently. Allow walnuts to cool completely.

2.) Rub kale with olive oil, lime juice, and ginger until well coated.

3.) Add pomegranate seeds, red onion, and walnuts and toss. Season with coarse salt and pepper.


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6 Responses to “Raw Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Walnuts”

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    Kate | Food Babbles — January 22, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

    I can completely relate to what a struggle it is to eat healthy. I often find myself giving into temptation, especially since I make so many treats on a regular basis. This salad sounds incredible thoug. Bright, vibrant and anything but “bring health food.” I love kale for the nutritional value but have a hard time eating it unless its hidden in something. I really enjoy pomegranate, walnuts and red onion so I think this dressed up kale salad would be right up my alley. Lovely!

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    Nancy@acommunaltable — January 23, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

    Hi Wendy,

    What a gorgeous salad and congratulations for sticking with your plan!! One of my tricks is to make a grain (farro, barley, wheatberry) salad and then toss it with some greens. The grain salads hold for 2-3 days so there is always something good and nutritious in the fridge!

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven) — January 25, 2013 @ 11:49 AM

    This salad is so pretty! Good for you for not giving in to the other food. I always say, “If it’s not in the house, you can’t eat it” and try to leave most of my treats and junky food to eating out. That helps eat clean and healthy 75 to 80% of the time since most of my meals are at home!

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    foodwanderings — January 25, 2013 @ 8:50 PM

    I’ve already been pretty bad in 2013 but there is no reason when you got such attractive wintery healthy options as your gorgeous salad.

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — January 25, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

    I need to add kale to my diet. The salad looks great.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — January 29, 2013 @ 12:38 PM

    I have the same struggle. I have some leftover kale in the fridge that I needed to use up along with a pomegranate. Perfect for lunch today!

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