Hoppin John Salad with Kale Recipe veganBlack eyed peas are the traditional legume to “Hoppin John” soup or salad. The addition of finely chopped raw kale is a personal favorite to give it a great nutritional punch.

Hoppin John Salad with Kale recipe

1/2 cup long grain brown rice
2 cups finely chopped kale
1 avocado, halved, pitted, and scored in small chunks
5 T lime juice
1 T unseasoned rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
4 green onions, sliced
4 stalks celery, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 cup raw corn, fresh off the cob
2 cups cooked black-eyed peas
Sea salt
1/4 t cayenne pepper
Chopped tomato for garnish

Boil 1 cup water, then add rice, lower heat to simmer, and cook for 25 – 30 minutes until tender. Place chopped kale in a large salad bowl and add 1/4 of the avocado, lime juice, and garlic. With hands, message kale until tenderized and well coated with avocado and lime juice. Add remaining ingredients, along with remaining avocado. Mix well. Salt to taste. Gently mix in tomatoes or use as a garnish on top of each serving.

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April Ashcroft is a nutrition coach and cooking consultant. She has a passion for teaching others how to gain optimal health through plant based nutrition. She began teaching cooking classes in 2004 through the Dixie State College Community Education program. In 2005 she co-founded the Vegetarian Society of Utah and continues to serve on the board of directors. In 2007 she created Health 4 Life Cooking classes and teaches private classes monthly. She is also available to teach for your church, business, or civic group. In 2010 she earned a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University’s Nutrition Fundamentals on-line certification program. Since 2006 she has been a member of Dr.Furhman.com where she keeps up with the most cutting edge un-bias nutritional research and loves to share it with you! In January 2012 she joined the team of providers at The Bridge Health Recovery Center where she teaches the benefits of high nutrient plant based nutrition to help those suffering from chronic illnesses and seeking health through holistic methods. April has published two cookbooks, Whole Food Goodness and Whole Food American Favorites. Recipes in these two books are 100% vegan and are high in nutrients using only the most wholesome ingredients that you can find at most any grocery store. She lives in beautiful southwest Utah with my husband Brian and cats Benson and Baxter. She has three daughters and seven grand-kids and loves hiking, biking, swimming, water and snow skiing, and anything that involves being in the great outdoors!