Raw Spring Kale, Asparagus and Blackberry Salad

Kale is like crack to the customers in the deli where I work.  We go through batches and batches of it, and it always sells out fast!  I can not blame them though it is pure deliciousness.  Everyone has their favorite, whether it be Asian flavored, spicy and southwest inspired or light and lemony.  I would be in the light and lemony camp. At leas this time of the year.  Probably because it reminds me of spring.  I make different kinds at home often, and this Raw Spring Kale, Asparagus and Blackberry Salad was the latest.

It was so good!  Dare I say it about a salad...downright addictive.  I could not stop tasting it before I actually served it.  The dressing is creamy, but light and lemony, and the sweet blackberries are a wonderful contrast to it.  The asparagus is perfect with the dressing as well since it loves citrus and the pistachios add a nice crunch.  Do yourself a favor and whip up a batch, you deserve to enjoy it too!

Raw Spring Kale, Asparagus and Blackberry Salad
serves 4

1 bunch kale, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
1 bunch asparagus cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
3 cups organic blackberries
3/4 cup raw pistachios

1/2 cup raw almond or walnut butter
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp raw coconut nectar, or maple syrup
1/4 cup filtered water
sea salt

In a large bowl place the kale.Whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth, then pour over the kale and massage to coat.  Add the other veggies, mix well, and serve!

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