Shrimp, Red Onion, and Purple Kale
'Caesar' Salad

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Who doesn’t love a good Caesar salad? I do and I love shrimp too! So this recipe is a marriage or my favorites with a healthy twist – all my recipes are pretty much created this way or are inspired by travel, a restaurant experience or person. The red onion addition was inspired by a new’ish friend and recipe guinea pig, who I’ve observed is not shy about onions. We shared a burger one night at Pono Burger in Santa Monica. Our burgers came loaded (a good 1/3 cup) with thinly sliced white onion. I pushed the majority of mine to the side leaving just a few on my burger and offered them up. After eating his burger guinea pig ate my onions almost for dessert. Being the observant person I am – noted there’s no shyness here with onions. Guinea pig is also British and I don’t know if it's because cheese and onion sandwiches, onion jam and pickled onions are a staple in British culture... but I’ve also observed that all the Brits I know seem to love onions.

Here’s a quick glimpse at the incredible health benefits of onions:

Immunity Boosters | The phytochemicals in onions reve up the Vitamin C in your body. The green tops on scallions (or spring onions, as my British chum would call them) are especially loaded with Vitamin A.

Reduce Inflammation | For centuries onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.

Heart Health | Raw onions encourage the production of HDL (good cholesterol), which keeps your heart healthy.

Fights Cancer | Onions contain quercetin which is a powerful compound known to help prevent cancer.

Stomach Health | Onions scavenge free radicals, reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.

That’s enough talk about onions, let's talk about the nectar of the gods. I managed to sneak away to Santa Barbara with one of my best friends. To give him a shout out he's one of my favorite contemporary artists Shawn Skeir. Well, what does one do in Santa Barbara - drink lots of wine. My favorite is the Happy Valley a Sauvignon Blanc from The Valley Project Wines. This wine paired with my salad... Yum!

NICOLE KRUZICK

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