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Kale conversion-Massaged Kale Salad Recipe

Posted on: May 20, 2012

I must admit that I’ve tried to eat kale many times in my life.  I KNOW how good it is for me, but like many vegetables can be it has a distinct and somewhat bitter taste.  I just couldn’t do it. Most people recognize it as the fake, dark green lettuce looking stuff they throw on plates at a restaurant as “garnish”.

Once we decided to give up meat as of January, I was committed to trying new foods and old ones that I had previously scoffed at in order to be the healthiest I can be.  I had to find a way to make them tasty.  This recipe that I found is what converted me.  This salad makes me eat kale and LIKE it each week, and I’m now eating kale chips too.  The lemon juice and honey (or agave nectar) soften the kale and take the bitterness out of it.

Reasons to eat kale:

*One cup of chopped raw kale provides more than 100% of the daily value of vitamins A, C, and K (Web MD)

*Kale is packed with antioxidants, and research shows that it can lower your risks of 5 different types of cancer: bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate.

*Kale contains lutein which keeps the eyes and vision healthy.

*Kale is a great resource for minerals such as copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus which control blood pressure and iron which controls red blood cell production.

The Food Network’s Aarti Sequiera posted this recipe on line.  Here is the link:

Massaged Kale Salad

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 bunch kale (black kale is especially good), stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
  • Small handful toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), about 2 rounded tablespoons ( substitute pistachios, sunflower seeds or whatever I have on hand.

You can also use other sweet fruits if you’re not a mango fan.  Peaches, strawberries or whatever is in season are also a great substitute.

I started with lacinato kale, also known as dinosaur kale that I found at our local King Family Farm and Market.

I had to look up the different kinds of kale before hitting the farmer’s market to re-educate myself on the different types of kale.  Here’s a link from Eco Localizer that might help you before you go shopping.

Photo guide to different varieties of kale

The salad will taste better if you cut off the branchy ends of the kale and remove the spines after washing it.  Then I just cut the pieces into bite size and toss in the bowl.

In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. I minimize the oil because of calories from fat (100% of the calories in any oil come from fat).  Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.

In a separate, small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey (or agave nectar to taste) and freshly ground black pepper. Add oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.   Then top with the cut fruit and seeds of your choice and enjoy!

8 Responses to "Kale conversion-Massaged Kale Salad Recipe"

Thanks for the recipe. I’m just wondering, because I grow my own kale, how much is a “bunch”? Is that how much kale is in your first picture? I have quite a bit of kale at the moment and need to find some new ways to eat it. Thanks!

I used half of the bunch shown in my first picture because it’s only me and my husband eating the salad. I’d use the whole bunch if it’s more than 2 people. Then I make chips out of the other half. I really like the happyherbivore.com, fatfreevegan.com and ohsheglows.com and http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/ for recipe ideas. Many of them include kale. I use their recipes weekly, and rarely find one I don’t like. Hope that helps!

I was also hoping you’d see my reply. I was thinking that the kale chips are so thin that you could make giant batches of them, but they are very brittle & don’t keep overnight well. My kids don’t care for too many greens, but they eat these up! Here’s the recipe I use:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-kale-chips/

Thanks again. I’ll give these a try. I’m trying to not shop for 30 days, so I have to get creative with what I have, and that’s kale!!

You are so gorgeous! Thank you so much!

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