Clutch Creations: Kale-Mango Salad

Kale-Mango Salad

Okay, so I MUST share this creation with y’all.  I had just woken up this morning and was still in that in-between stage where I wasn’t sure if I was actually awake or not… anywho I was thinking of what to pack for lunch.  I knew I needed to use the kale I bought earlier this week and I’d been craving mangoes something serious lately.  Weird combo right?  WRONG!  Some of the most awesome dishes ever created were made out of necessity and from seemingly incompatible ingredients.  And let me tell you, this is definitely one of them!  Aside from the kale and mango, this kale-mango salad only has 3 additional ingredients.  This 5-ingredient, super fast, super cheap and super easy dish is pure deliciousness!  Trust me when I tell you that kale and mangoes definitely play well together.  Did I mention it’s also super nutritious?  Weighing in at only 315 calories, this kale-mango salad packs in 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 317 miligrams of calcium.  I used this great and totally free food tracking tool called “Food Tracker” created by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to see how close this dish gets me to reaching my daily recommended amount of servings from each food group (I try to eat from all 5 food groups every day).

kale mango salad

Please excuse the blurriness!  Click on the link above to check out Food Tracker and all its cool gadgets.

Next time, I’m going to experiment with some DIY dressing creations to really set this salad off.  But this thang right here, dressing or no dressing, is a new staple and is here to stay.  My kale-mango salad definitely came in the clutch and saved me from a lunch break crisis.  Check out the recipe below, try it out, and tell me what you think!  Let me know what you’d add or how you’d switch it up.  Also, what clutch creations have you come up with lately?