Recipe: Kale Salad With Spiced Avo Dressing & Cranberries 

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In my book Saffron Soul I have my favourite kale salad call the Indian Summers salad (you’ll have to look it up to see why I’ve called it that!), so I’ve made the Christmassy version of it – well, sort of! You will definitely be surprised at just how tasty this salad is considering its simplicity. It’s all in the sizzling spice mix, so make sure you let those mustard seeds really pop and the sesame seeds become toasted brown before pouring it into the avocado.

For the salad 

1 bag kale, finely chopped

handful chopped parsley

2 tablespoons of soaked sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons cranberries

For the dressing

1 ripe avocado, to mash

juice of half lemon

½ teaspoon salt

sizzling spice mix for the avocado

2 teaspoons rapeseed or other oil

½ teaspoon mustard seeds

½ teaspoon cumin seeds

1 clove garlic, grated

1 tablespoons sesame seeds

Start by making the sizzling spice mix for the avocado dressing.
Heat the mustard seeds and cumin seeds in the oil in a small pan for around a minute until the mustard seeds start to pop.
Now add the garlic and then the sesame seeds after a few seconds.
Keep stirring on low heat so that the sesame seeds turn a little toasted and brown.
Mash the avocado in a small mixing bowl and stir in the heated spice mix with salt and lemon.
Taste and add more if you like!
Now mix the kale, parsley, sunflower seeds, cranberries and the dressing.
Massage together so that the kale is fully mixed and soaked – it makes it much easier to chew.
Then serve with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds, cranberries and almond flakes if you like, and a generous squeeze of lime.


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Mira Manek is giving Indian food a facelift, making it lighter, brighter and healthier with her cookbook Saffron Soul and her sell-out Indian supperclubs, feasts and yoga brunches in London. Mira’s debut cookbook Saffron Soul is a celebration of flavourful home-cooked Indian food, bringing together her grandmother’s and mother’s traditional Gujarati thalis with her own modern inspired dishes. From beetroot coconut curry and masala grilled aubergine to shiro and saffron lime cheesecake, Saffron Soul covers a whole array of easy to make, beautifully photographed dishes, taking the spice box out of the context of curries and daals and into our modern day life. Mira is all about making Indian spices and food more accessible to all, and Saffron Soul is the start of that! 


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