Kale and Fig Salad c/o Ama Opare

I had lunch with my friend, mentor and vegan raw food chef Ama Opare a few weeks ago and she prepared this delicious kale and fig salad. Up until that time, my only experience with figs had been the Fig Newtons I ate growing up. So, I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious fresh figs are. Figs are a summer delicacy, generally available June through September and boast a ton of nutritional benefits.In this recipe, the contrast of soft, ripe, sweet figs with a rustic balsamic dressing makes for a perfect combination of flavors. I made it last night for dinner (without the pine nut because I didn't have any) and it was just as good as I remembered. As much as I love kale, I'd admittedly grown tired of the kale salad I usually make so this dish is a nice twist on an old favorite. Thanks, Ama!

Learn more about Ama, Founder of Food for the Soul, The Online Home for Black Vegetarians. She is also CEO and Educational Director of Opare Integrative Health Care.

Ama has a 50 Shades of Vegan Kale Challenge going right now you don't want to miss. I've accepted the challenge and will be posting my very own kale recipe here soon!

~V

Posted on September 10, 2013 and filed under Wellness, Recipes.