You are what you eat, or so they say. Does that mean incorporating the “superfoods” into your diet guarantees a cool name, a shiny suit and some sort of fantastic power? Like making whiny children, trying clients or persistent phone solicitors (“No I do not have time for a survey because I am busy being a SUPERHERO for God’s sake!”) disappear with a blink of an eye. Imagine!
Sadly, what’s happening in the food industry is not so super. Word on the street is that manufacturers are actually creating items that are truly addictive. And you thought it was just lack of will power. Milk producers are lobbying the FDA to allow fake sugars as an ingredient in their product. And the kicker is they don’t want us to know about it.
Obviously, the best bet is to eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed – um – stuff. Epicurean has been doing this since day one. We’ve always felt that real food tastes so much better than manipulated food. Mother Nature doesn’t make mistakes. Our newest fave is a kale salad. Larry and Jill DiPasquale love this salad so much, they’ve added it to the specials menu at Mangia Bevi Café. They must be on to something – they’ve been married and in business for over 30 years and are still smiling. Talk about super. Here’s one take on this recipe – but get creative. And get some of your powers back.
Epicurean’s Super Foods Salad
- 1 bunch kale
- 2 apples
- 1 cup cabbage, sliced thin
- 1 cup radicchio, sliced thin
- 1 avocado, cut into small cubes
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- Wash and dry the kale.
- Cut out and discard the tough stems, cut into strips and add to bowl
- Core and cut apples into strips, add to bowl
- Slice the radishes, cabbage, and radicchio, add to bowl
- Wash and slice baby tomatoes, add to blow
- Dice avocado, add to bowl
- Add pumpkin seeds and cranberries
- Toss, dress and devour
Ingredients for the dressing:
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 2 to 3 tablespoons agave
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup of olive or grapeseed oil
- 1/3 cup diced red onion
- Place the vinegar, agave, mustard, poppy seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl
- Whisk to combine
- While whisking add the oil slowly until all of it is incorporated