Whole Foods Knockoff Kale and Beet Salad (aka the Easiest Kale Salad You’ll Ever Make)

Candida diet kale and beet salad recipe on rickiheller.com

It’s kind of a cliché already; you’re probably familiar with “Whole Paycheck Market” (aka Whole Foods).  Or maybe you’ve heard it referred to as the grocery store where they accept “Yuppie Food Stamps” (aka twenty dollar bills). Where eco-conscious, health conscious, modern parents shop (aka rich folks. Or food bloggers).

sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan kale and beet salad recipe

Well, I’m still waiting on the “rich” part, but as a food blogger, I do love to browse through my local Whole Foods, because of the. . . well, whole foods.  And preponderance of organic foods. And delicious specialty items I can’t find anywhere else. And all the incredible culinary inspiration at the prepared foods counters (aka “I bet I can reproduce that at home!”).

One of the fun activities the HH and I sometimes engage in on a Saturday is to drive over to Whole Foods and wander up and down the aisles perusing what’s new. (Okay, so I’m the one perusing and the HH is basically shuffling his feet and grumbling about having to spend half his Saturday at a glorified supermarket. But whatever.)

I We also love to check out the new healthcare products and supplements, sometimes even taste-testing protein shakes or energy bars. (Okay, that was really just me, too).

And the pièce de résistance is to peek through the glass cases with their bountiful bowls and platters of roasted vegetables, quinoa-wild rice patties, fancy stromboli, exotic cheeses, pâtés, pastas, chili-basil tofu (swoon), innovative salads and other premixed dishes to see what I might reconstruct at home, veganize, make gluten-free or render otherwise candida-diet friendly. (Again, actually just me. The HH does take a peek, though, so he can decide which dishes to tote home with us and subsequently devour for dinner).

Sugarfree, grainfree, candida diet kale and beet salad recipe

I’ve loved the Whole Foods kale and beet salad for some time now (and shared my devotion on Instagram). Besides the cost, I wasn’t crazy about consuming brown rice syrup too often (it’s a key ingredient) as it’s a bit higher on the glycemic index than the sweeteners I prefer. So I set about creating my own version.

I am in love! This salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and is delicious fresh, yet holds up beautifully the next day. The acid in the lemon helps to soften the leaves just enough so they’re not overly crunchy, yet they do retain a firmness that is a perfect foil for the soft, sweet bits of beet. I prefer red kale so the colors are complementary (which is how I like my colors in general), but any kind of kale will do.

Even the HH was enamored and promptly asked for seconds as soon as his plate was clean. The only question left now that I’ve conquered the recipe is: whatever will we do on Saturday afternoons?

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  1. In the Beet and Kale recipe, is the beet used raw? I’ve never eaten a raw beet and cooking them is so very messy! Thanks.

  2. Will it work without the stevia? I don’t use it often because I don’t really like the taste. Otherwise looks beautiful and I hope to try it tomorrow! 🙂

    • Shannon, absolutely it will work without stevia (that’s how Whole Foods made it originally!). You could use 1-3 tsp (5-15 ml) of any liquid sweetener, to your taste. I think agave, honey or even maple syrup would be good, but even sugar is fine if you’re okay eating it. 🙂

  3. I am a huge fan of your writing, Ricki! So well written and witty! Perfect combination. And your positive outlook on health and wellness. xx

  4. Haha, strolling the aisles of WFoods is my idea of fun too 😉 We have a chain of similar but less pretentious stores here that I prefer though (Planet Organic). This salad looks lovely. I had planned to make your “Crimson salad” this week with the beetroot in the fridge but might give this one a go instead.

    • We have a Planet Organic here, too–wonder if it’s the same chain? They are actually MORE expensive than Whole Foods over here, though! Gah! Let me know what you think if you give this a try–I found it was less of a main dish kind of salad and more of a side than the Crimson Salad (but I love ’em both). 😉

  5. yesterday I had a wild rice salad with beetroots and kale – it was so good – I have had a few kale salads when eating out that I love but have still never managed to make a kale salad at home that I love – must try harder (or try more of your recipes!)

    I also wish we had a wholefoods near us (actually we do but I suspect it is just a coincidence that they have the same names)! I would love to spend Saturday afternoon browsing the aisles

  6. Eating this as my lunch. Topped with ground flaxseeds. So enjoying it!

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