Spring always brings Asparagus, but it won’t last for long, as it is a spring-only vegetable, so enjoy it while it lasts. 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.
ASPARAGUS AND KALE SALAD WITH SLIVERED ALMONDS
This delicious and hearty salad combines both of these nutritious veggies, and it’s easy to make. Add grilled chicken, shrimp, or grass-fed water buffalo or beef steak to make it a complete meal.
- 1/4 cup almond slivers, toasted
- 1 bunch asparagus spears, chopped diagonally, 1-inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Shaved parmesan
Toast slivered almonds in a small pan on medium heat, stirring occasionally for three minutes or until golden. Set aside.
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.
With your hands, massage kale in a medium bowl with 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of sea salt.
Plate kale on a platter. Top with the asparagus and almonds, and freshly shaved parmesan. Enjoy!