Vegan lunches can -- and should -- be a lot more interesting than bare salads or carrot sticks and hummus. New Veganism columnist Gena Hamshaw will be sharing inspiration for midday meals that stave off both hunger and boredom.
Today: A New Year's kale salad that's hearty, filling, and bright with pomegranate seeds -- eat it for lunch all winter long.
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I made this fantastic salad a few weeks before Christmas, when I’d just gotten my hands onto some pomegranate arils. It’s what I wish I were eating today, as I recover from the merry making of New Year’s Eve. Fortunately, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, and kale will be in season for quite some time yet, which means that I can enjoy the salad again soon, and so can you.
Here’s how: wash, dry, and finely chop a bunch of kale. Massage the kale with your favorite vinaigrette until it’s slightly wilted and soft. Add two chopped and roasted or steamed sweet potatoes, a third of a cup of pomegranate arils, and a chopped Hass avocado. Mix, and serve. This salad is hearty, full of texture, and a festive way to welcome 2014.
Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.