As promised, here is the new kale recipe I made this week in honor of our Superfoods Challenge. Kale is a sidekick of broccoli and is very healthy (and yummy). I was tipped off to "massaged kale salad" by spunkysuzi (thanks!) and Googled it to look at various recipes. I chose one from this site; there are two other variations you may like there as well. I picked this one because it didn't call for honey or sugar or fruit like this popular recipe does; if those things are part of your plan, you may like to try it that way.
I started with just a few basic ingredients: fresh kale, a lemon, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and pine nuts.
First, I cut the thick middle stems out of the kale and sliced it into ribbons. I drizzled with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a couple grinds of salt and pepper. This is how it looked in the big metal mixing bowl. I thought, "that is way too much kale. I won't be able to eat all that!"
Then, as directed, I stuck my fingers in and massaged the oil into the kale. I rubbed for about 2 minutes, and look what I got:
Whoa! Much less volume! Much more tender. I actually fit all of this into one of my regular cereal bowls. I topped it with 1 Tbsp of toasted pine nuts:
Now, let me be frank. It was too tart for my tastes. It was GOOD, but it really needed some fruit or some kind of sweetener in the dressing, in my opinion. I think it would be *awesome* if you added agave nectar, honey, even Splenda, and would be *fabulous* if you added some fruit, like maybe some dried cranberries. One of the other recipes called for avocado and I think that would be great too and would cut the tartness a bit.
This is a method I will use again to get some healthy raw kale into my diet. I might massage it without the lemon and mix it in with other salad greens, or try different variations. It really is worth a try!
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