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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

We make a lot of smoothies in my house and I love them, but sometimes I actually crave juices. Sounds crazy, I know, especially if you haven’t tasted a green juice. I have to say though, if you do, I think you’ll be surprised by how fruity and refreshing green juices can be. There are so many opinions on juicing and debate over how nutritious they really are, but I look at them as a great way to get veggies and fruits into your day. I don’t feel that juices should supplement eating whole fruit or vegetables, but they make a great addition. I sometimes start the day off with a green juice for breakfast. It leaves me feeling light, refreshed and restored.

This particular combination is really delicious. The pear adds just enough sweetness without being overpowering. Kale is one of the most nutritious greens, adding lots of Vitamins A, B6 and K and even minerals like calcium and iron and potassium. Then there’s the cucumber. Cucumber is a wonderful addition to juices. It’s made up of ninety-six percent water, so it really adds to the volume of your juice, but it also contains electrolytes and minerals that are so good for you. Finally, I love adding lemon to my juices. Not only does it give a bit of a boost of Vitamin C, its citrusy tang perks up the flavors of the greens and balances out the sweetness.

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

1/2 large cucumber, about 5 to 6 inches, peeled unless organic or home-grown
1 large pear, peeled unless organic and seeds removed
4 large stalks organic kale
1/2 lemon

Place the cucumber, pear and kale into your juicer and juice according to manufacturer’s directions. You can peel the lemon and juice that in your juicer as well, or simply use a reamer or citrus juicer. Drink immediately for the most nutritional benefit or store in a sealed jar for one day.

 

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Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad with Ricotta Salata, Avocado and Rosemary Honeyed Almonds from Taste Love & Nourish

We live in a bit of a remote area. It takes a bit of driving to get anywhere. Consequently, I tend to shop at a variety of grocery stores. I love them all (well, most of them) for different reasons. There are certain things I can find at one that I can’t at the others. The problem is, I always forget where I found what. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older. I mean, AARP sends me a card to remind me of that at least once a week. Regardless…I should probably start jotting things down.

Anyway…the point is, I adore baby kale. My problem is, it can be hard to find and I never remember where I got it last. I do believe that you may have the best luck at Whole Foods. But, then…I’m old. So, maybe not.

If you should find baby kale or if you give up entirely and just pull out any green you have in the fridge, I really think you are going to love the flavor combinations in this salad. The ricotta salata adds a briny and salty bite against the bursts of sweet and tangy blackberries. Then, you’ve got creamy and buttery avocado and the savory-sweet crunch of almonds dusted with a bit of rosemary. I mean, really. I think your tastebuds are going to thank you!

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad with Ricotta Salata, Avocado and Rosemary Honeyed Almonds from Taste Love & Nourish

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad

4 C. baby kale
1 C. blackberries
1/2 avocado, cubed
4 oz. ricotta salata
Rosemary Honeyed Almonds (recipe below)

Dressing:
4 T. lemon juice
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

On two large dinner plates, divide and arrange the kale, blackberries, avocado and ricotta salata. Set aside.

Mix up the dressing in a small bowl or glass.

Top each salad with the dressing and finish with the almonds.

Serves 2 large salads

Rosemary Honeyed Almonds

1 t. olive oil
1/2 C. sliced almonds
pinch of sea salt
pinch of black pepper
1/4 t. dried rosemary, crushed a bit
2 t. honey

In a heavy cast iron pan over medium high heat, add the olive oil and the almonds. Keep the pan moving as the almonds begin to get toasted. As soon as you smell the nuttiness, add the salt, pepper and rosemary. Toss for one more second then add the honey. Stir until all of the almonds are coated. Continue for just a few more seconds, remove from the heat and allow the nuts to cool in the pan for just a few minutes.

    Notes:

  • Ricotta Salata is an Italian semi-hard cheese made from goat’s milk. It has a mild briny flavor and crumbles nicely. It’s perfect in salads like this.
  • The leaves of baby kale are so tender and the flavor is very mild. As I said, if you can’t find baby kale, try Lacinto kale…but truly, this will be wonderful with any green you love.

 

Baby Kale and Blackberry Salad with Ricotta Salata, Avocado and Rosemary Honeyed Almonds from Taste Love & Nourish