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Chiffonade Collard Greens Salad
Sometimes I get serious cravings for greens- thank goodness my body knows what's up and let's me know I'm lacking something. This salad definitely satisfies the taste buds with the sweet, tart, and bitter all packed together. Collards are in the cruciferous family and may help prevent some cancers with their sulfur-containing compounds.
They're also jammed with vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants and may help cleanse the liver and boost the immune system. Pumpkin seeds are one of the most nutrient dense foods out there, filled with manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, protein, and iron. It's basically a natural mineral supplement if you want to think of it that way. Raisins pack a good punch as well, adding some fiber and potassium. Topped off with some freshly squeezed lemon juice, this salad should leave you more than satisfied. This is also a great salad for a crowd as it won't wilt as quickly as some other delicate greens.
1 head collard greens, washed, stems removed
2 T raw or toasted pumpkin seeds
1 T raisins
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 T evoo
pinch sea salt
1. Stack collard green leaves flat on top of one another. Roll tightly and then cut into very thin slices.
2. Toss collards with remaining ingredients in a large bowl and serve.
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Anndrea is a culinary nutritionist serving the Central NJ area. She provides individual clinical nutrition consultations, personal chef services and in-home cooking classes.