Root Vegetable & Kale Salad with Chaga Dressing

In spite of its ungainly appearance, chaga mushroom has a light vanilla flavor, and provides powerful antibacterial, anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and heart-protective benefits.
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Roots & Kale Salad with Chaga Dressing recipe

As it becomes more popular, you can now find chaga in powders, capsules, tea bags, coffees and drink mixes.

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  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup toasted macadamia nuts, divided
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp chaga powder (TIP: A blend of chaga and other herbs also works beautifully such as North American Herb & Spice Chag-O-Charge Tea.)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt, divided
  • ½ lb carrots, cut into 1/2-inch-thick sticks
  • ½ lb parsnips, cut into 1/2-inch-thick sticks
  • 5 golden beets, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 oz baby kale
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • 4 large Medjool dates, pitted, each cut into 8 slices

Preparation

1. In a bowl, soak ¾ cup nuts for 1 hour, or overnight; drain and rinse. Chop remaining nuts; set aside.

2. In a blender, blend soaked nuts, ¾ cup water, lime zest and juice, grape seed oil, honey, chaga, cinnamon and ¼ tsp salt until smooth. Refrigerate until serving.

3. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place carrots, parsnips and beets on a large parchment-lined baking sheet; toss with coconut oil and remaining ¼ tsp salt and black pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, tossing once or twice. Transfer to a large bowl. Mix in kale and mint. Toss with desired amount of dressing and top with dates and chopped nuts.

More Uses: Chaga powder is ideal in smoothies, tea and beverages. Try a smoothie with chaga coffee powder, hemp seeds, raw cacao powder, maca powder, honey and vanilla. Or brew a potent, immune-boosting tea with chaga tea bags, ginger, honey and cayenne.

Health Tip: Used for centuries in Asia, Russia and other countries, chaga (Inonotus obliquus) is a parasitic fungus that grows on birch and other trees and looks much like a chunk of burnt charcoal with a rust-colored interior. But in spite of its ungainly appearance, it has powerful benefits including antibacterial, anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and heart-protective activities. It’s rich in compounds called polysaccharides, which enhance immune function and protect against cancer. Other studies show chaga extract suppresses tumor progression and can reduce DNA damage by over 40%. Find it in powders, capsules, tea bags, coffees and drink mixes.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 561
  • Carbohydrate Content: 54.5 g
  • Fat Content: 39 g
  • Fiber Content: 12 g
  • Protein Content: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 10.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 376 mg
  • Sugar Content: 35 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 21 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 6 g