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Go Beyond Kale: Try Creamy Swiss Chard Super Salad

Kale is okay, but I'm not as impressed with it as the media seems to be. I prefer other leafy greens, among them Swiss chard. Many varieties of chard are available, among them pretty rainbow chard with multi-colored ribs. Although the leafy vegetable is great steamed or stir fried, I also like chard in salads. The chard has a different, slightly earthy taste--more like spinach than kale, I think. The leaves of some varieties of chard can seem a bit sweet, but the stems can be tough, so save the stems for something other than a salad. The chard salad I'm offering you below is "super" as in it's loaded with nutrients. In addition to chard, which is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, and a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber, the salad includes lots of other vegetables, avocados, and dried cranberries and pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Beyond all the health benefits, the salad tastes really good! So ditch the kale (at least for tonight) and the romaine (which you might want to avoid until the Center for Disease Control says it's okay), and go for chard in your salad bowl.

Creamy Swiss Chard Super Salad

Creamy Swiss Chard Super Salad -- Serve 4+

3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 tablespoon of low/reduced fat mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon of lemon pepper

1-2 tablespoons of cherry preserves (preferably low sugar)

3-4 chopped green onions

1/4 cup of chopped celery

1/2 cup of shredded carrots

1/2 a large avocado, cut into small pieces

2-3 tablespoons of dried cranberries

2-3 tablespoons of shelled, roasted pumpkin seeds

1-2 tablespoons of sunflower kernels

6-8 large chard leaves, tough stems removed

In a large salad bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, mayonnaise, lemon pepper, cherry preserves, and salt until well blended. Stir in the onions, celery, carrots, avocado, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower kernels. Slice the chard into ribbons about 1/2-inch thick and add them to the salad. Mix/toss everything together to thoroughly combine all the ingredients and coat the chard with the dressing. Serve the salad or refrigerate it until you're ready to serve it. The salad keeps well in the refrigerator.

Creamy Swiss Chard Super Salad

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