Blueberry kale salad

Did you know massaging your kale can make it much softer and easier to eat?

University Health endocrinologist Dr. Vidhya Illuri said she started Dr. Illuri’s Pantry "to share healthy recipes with my patients.”

“Food is medicine!” Dr. Illuri said. “When we choose to use healthy food to fuel our bodies it often reduces the need for medications. I love to cook, and I want to show my patients that eating healthy doesn’t have to be tasteless or boring, it can be delicious!”

Try Dr. Illuri’s kale blueberry salad and add a flavorful side to your new year.

Blueberry kale salad

4 cups chopped kale

4 tablespoons almond slivers

4 tablespoons goat cheese

1 cup blueberries

lemon dressing

Lemon Dressing

¼ cup avocado oil

Juice from ½ lemon

3 teaspoons coconut aminos (a healthier alternative to soy sauce)

Salt and pepper


Whisk lemon dressing ingredients.

Tear off the leafy greens from the stem of the kale.

Add lemon dressing to kale.

Massage kale by rubbing the dressing into the leafy greens until they slightly wilt.

Toss in almonds and blueberries.

Top with goat cheese.

Are you interested in more diabetic-friendly recipes? We offer weekly healthy cooking classes taught by registered dieticians in the Texas Diabetes Institute's teaching kitchen.

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