A sure sign of spring: Asparagus, making its yearly debut at your local farmers’ market. This herbaceous green veggie is tender and sweet, and it’s chock-full of nutrients, too. Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, and is loaded with vitamins E, C, A, and K. Asparagus and dark leafy greens such as kale are both are high in vitamin B12, and kale is a great source of calcium as well, which is essential for strong bones.
This delicious and hearty salad combines both of these nutritious veggies, and it’s easy to make. Add grilled chicken, shrimp, or grass-fed steak to make it a complete meal.
Yield: 3-4 servings
Time: 15 minutes
1/4 cup almond slivers, toasted
1 bunch thin asparagus spears, chopped diagonally, 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch kale, chopped
Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
Shaved parmesan (optional)
1. Toast slivered almonds in a small pan on medium heat, stirring occasionally for three minutes or until golden. Set aside.
2. Sauté asparagus in olive oil with a pinch of salt and cracked fresh black pepper for 2 to 3 minutes, just until they lose their raw edge. Set aside.
3. With your hands, massage kale in a medium bowl with 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of sea salt.
4. Plate kale on a platter. Top with the asparagus and almonds, and freshly shaved parmesan. Enjoy!
Guest blogger Ashley Burnett is a certified health and body transformation coach, motivational speaker, and founder of virtual health and wellness company Strong Body Love.
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