…with no added oil or salt.
This is my new favorite thing! The dressing for this salad is inspired by a recipe from Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook, but I altered it to exclude olive oil, amp up the lemon juice, omit the salt and add cracked pepper.
If you would like to make this more of a meal than a side salad, add baked tofu to the mix.
If you would like to make this recipe gluten free, exchange the whole wheat croutons for roasted chickpeas.
Use any salad greens you like. You aren’t limited to kale!
- Oil-free, salt-free dressing:
- ⅓ cup slivered almonds
- ⅓ cup hot water
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon capers
- fresh cracked pepper to taste
- One bunch of kale mixed with romaine lettuce leaves
- (Or any greens you'd like to dress!)
- One-half loaf whole wheat, day-old bread, cubed
- Juice of 1 small lemon
- 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon Mrs. Dash (salt substitute)
- For the dressing: Soak the almonds in the hot water for about 15 minutes. After the almonds are all soaked, whiz the dressing ingredients up in a little food processor or blender.
- For the croutons: Toss the cubed bread with the lemon juice and seasonings.
- Place them on a baking sheet, all spread out.
- Cook them in a 400 degree oven for between 15 and 30 minutes. (Mine are done after about 16 minutes). Toss them around halfway through cooking (or after 10 minutes). Just watch them and make sure they don't burn. (It's really embarrassing when the fire department shows up and all you have to show the firefighters is burnt croutons. This is NOT what they trained for.)
- Toss the greens with the croutons and the dressing. You might have extra dressing. Store that in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Now, why would a person want to avoid olive oil when so many people recommend it for heart health? Well, not every cardiologist agrees that olive oil helps the heart. Here’s just one article outlining arguments for strictly limiting added oil in the diet. If you prefer a little four-minute video, listen to this. (Let it play while you clean up the dishes!) In our house, we aren’t perfect, but we do aim to prevent further heart “events” and reversing disease. If you look behind the headlines and the soundbites, you’ll discover more to the story on added oil in the diet.
Now go get your #MeatlessMonday on!