This delicious summer salad tastes as good as it looks.  Happy Summer Eating!

This delicious summer salad tastes as good as it looks. Happy Summer Eating!

I developed this recipe for a Garden Grub & Summer Sides cooking class I recently taught.  Kale, carrots and chives will soon be taking over our backyard gardens and local blueberries will follow.  If you don’t have a garden of your own, be sure to visit your local farmers market to find the freshest and closest to home produce you can.

Kale, like cabbage is a hearty leaf and lends itself well to slaw like salads.  Enjoy this salad as a BBQ side dish, or as a burger or banger topper.

2/3 cup (150 mL) plain Greek yogurt

3 tbsp (45 mL) Canadian maple syrup

2 tbsp (30 mL) cider vinegar

1 tbsp (15 mL) grainy Dijon mustard

½ tsp (2 mL) each salt, pepper and smoked paprika

6 cups (1.5 L) finely chopped kale

2 cups (500 mL) grated carrot

1 cup (250 mL) fresh Ontario blueberries

1/3 cup (75 mL) each; chopped fresh chives (or green onions) and dried cranberries

1/3 cup (75 mL) green pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds

handful of pea shoots for garnish – optional

Stir together yogurt, maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and paprika.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use (up to three days).  When ready to prepare, toss dressing with kale, carrot, blueberries, chives and dried cranberries.  Let stand for at least 4 hours or overnight.  Toss well before serving.  Garnish evenly with pumpkin seeds and pea shoots if using.  Makes 6 to 8 servings as a side dish.

DSC_1081Recipe written and developed by Charmaine Broughton.

Charmaine is a chef and recipe developer.  She is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York Region, and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food and cooking.

Charmaine is a proud ambassador of Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon a celebration of Women & Fitness, come join in the FUN June 6th, 2016.  Register before June 30th, 2015 for ONLY $68.  Hope to see many of you at the start line in 2016!  Click here to register.

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.  Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

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