Veggie Dish #8 – Massaged Kale Salad

Kale is good for you. It’s leafy greens, and how many of us couldn’t use more leafy greens in our life? I know I don’t get enough. However, it also has a bitter bite to it that makes it tough for some people to get.

I drink it in green smoothies pretty regularly, but that’s not my favorite way to get them by any means. About a year ago or so, I came across a recipe from the blog of one of my favorite vegans, Kristen Suzanne. If you don’t know her blog, she’s worth reading, whether you are a vegan or not. I am not a vegan, but I LOVE finding delicious vegan recipes because they are usually, calorie dense or not, immensely healthy. Unfortunately, I’ve made more than one vegan recipe that tastes like crap. Not so with Kristen Suzanne. She makes recipes that even this omnivore finds delicious.

Anyway, I used one of her recipes this week for a kale salad that I have not had in a long time. She calls it a Candy Kale Salad, and for good reason. She’s found a way to take kale with its bitter bite and make it taste sweet.

To start off with, take some kale and wash it.

This next part is the magical step that takes kale from bitter to amazing, healthy food. Take lemon juice, olive oil, and salt. (I used pink Himalayan crystal salt.)

Tear the kale up into nice, salad-sized chunks. (I got rid of the stems. I can take them in my green smoothies or dehydrated kale chips. I can’t in a raw salad.)

Toss some lemon juice and olive oil (about a tablespoon each, give or take) and some salt onto the kale. With your bare hands, massage it into the kale. This doesn’t have to be a neat process. I just squeezed and scrunched and played with the kale until it all looked nicely coated and felt like I had given it a good workout. It took maybe a minute or two.

The hard part is over. Now the fun part. Put some fruity, salady stuff on top of it. There’s no way to go wrong here. For this salad, I used grapes, frozen blueberries, frozen blackberries (picked locally from a friend’s mother’s backyard last summer), some chopped pineapple, and a little coconut. You could also add tomatoes, avocado, sunflower seeds, mandarin oranges… the sky is literally the limit. Anything that you would like to eat in a sweet-ish salad, you can put in here.

Even if you don’t like greens, you should consider trying this salad. Crazy easy, crazy good for you, and crazy tasty. Definitely a winner.

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  • http://www.hblewett.com/blog/ Hanlie

    I actually saw a Youtube video from Karen Knowler, The Raw Food Coach, doing the same thing and I knew I just had to try it, even though we don’t actually use salt and oil anymore (fortunately I still had some Himalayan Crystal Salt and Cold Pressed Extra-Virgin Olive Oil). I made the salad with avocado, cherry tomatoes and spring onion. It was divine!

    The other bunch of kale went into green smoothies. I will definitely buy it again.

    I’m a long time fan of Kristen Suzanne.
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  • http://erintakescontrol.wordpress.com Erin

    I’ve never made kale this way but love it in smoothies. I’ve seen massaged kale all over the blogworld and I know it’s popular. I’ll have to give it a try when I can find some kale that isn’t two seconds away from death (it’s not a popular green in stores around here)…
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