Easy Massaged Kale Salad
MASSAGED KALE SALAD
I know when I first started eating kale, I didn’t think I would like it. The texture was “scratchy” and the flavor was “meh”. But as with most new foods, it can take a few tries before you acquire a taste for it. Since I knew kale is a really healthy superfood, I wanted to get this into my repertoire. This recipe fits the bill.
This is such an easy way to prepare kale. It’s quick, tasty and I almost always have these ingredients on hand. It is great compliment when paired with a meat and starch e.g. rice, potato, quinoa (I know it’s not a starch- but it seems like it).
Prep Time: 15 min
1 bunch of organic raw kale leaves (I prefer the lacinato a.k.a. “dino” variety, but my husband prefers the ruffled kale – the recipe works with either)
1 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 lime or lemon, juiced
1 tsp. of sea salt
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
- De-stem the kale leaves from the stem by stripping the kale leaf away from the stem.
- In a large bowl, combine the de-stemmed kale leaves with the remaining ingredients.
- Lightly pour an additional 1 tsp. of olive oil onto your hands to coat.
- Using a massaging motion (kind of like kneading bread dough), start to tear the leaves apart into bite-sized pieces and massage.
- Continue massaging for about 2-5 minutes or until the leaves are softened, the leaves will also turn a more vibrant green. Allow the salad to rest for another 5 min or so for the flavor to develop and the leaves to soften.
- Use this as a salad base or add toppings of your choice for a complete meal in a bowl.