By Aly Teich
I tend to be a purist when it comes to foods, hence, my recipes and meals can be quite simple. I absolutely love making dishes that have few ingredients, but still offer a nutritional power punch and are, of course, yummy! This is what I love about this marinated kale and beet salad. It’s clean, simple, full of color, and a complete nutrient powerhouse — perfect for a snack or side dish. Both kale and beets are nutrient powerhouses offering a large spectrum of vitamins, including vitamin K and vitamin C (great immune boosters). I also tend to run low on iron and potassium (as many of us do), so this little dish is the perfect little fuel punch I need to keep my energy throughout my very active days, while also offering a pep to my immune system.
Marinated Kale and Beet Salad
• 1 bunch of tender young kale
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 large clove garlic, chopped very fine
• 1-2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
• Sea salt to taste
Cut the kale into ½” wide strips. Whisk together the lemon, garlic, and olive oil and toss gently with the kale, adding seasoning to taste. Let the kale marinate for at least 3 hours or overnight to tenderize. Serves 4-6
• 5 medium beets (about 1 pound without greens), ends trimmed, halved
• 1 clove garlic, smashed
• 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Coarse salt and ground pepper
1. Set a steamer basket in a large saucepan with a lid. Fill with enough water to come just below basket; bring to a boil. Place beets in steamer basket, cover pot, and reduce water to a gentle simmer. Steam until beets are tender, 30 to 35 minutes. When cool enough to handle, grab beets with a paper towel and slip off skins. Cut the beets into thin slices.
2. In a medium bowl combine sliced beets, garlic, vinegar, and oil; season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Remove and discard garlic.
Plate Kale, and spoon beets on top to taste!
Top with diced nuts for extra fat/protein
Aly Teich is Founder and Host of The Sweat Life.
Aly is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She left Manhattan for Madison, Wisconsin to become a proud Badger for four years, and since then has lived on both coasts, traveled around the world…twice, and found herself right back here in The Big Apple.
Aly has always been an active kid, and now grownup (although she still acts like a kid.) She danced her way through the School of American Ballet until her teens, competed on horseback at a pre-Olympic level, lettered in three varsity high school sports, and completed three marathons and numerous triathlons. She’s also an avid skier, golfer, aspiring surfer, and can do a mean belly flop.
Following a ten-year career in television and media — including the Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Television, Tribeca Film, and Conde Nast — Aly switched her focus to health and wellness five years ago when her mother was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Trading in her Late Show with Letterman badge for Nikes, Aly made it her goal to help people live healthier lives. In the fall of 2013, she decided to bring all of her experience and passion to one place, The Sweat Life.