Saturday, January 7, 2012

Massaged Kale Salad

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!

12 comments:

Gina said...

That looks pretty tasty! If you decide to leave out the lemon next time, you'll probably want to substitute some other acid. I believe the acid is what breaks the kale down enough to make it easy to eat. Otherwise kale is kind of tough. I've seen some recipes use apple cider vinegar.

Kyle Gershman said...

All Hail Kale! Last night, I made a Kale, Adzuki Bean concoction topped with pan toasted tofu and BBQ sauce.

Gots to get some more kale for my green juices, though.

HaLaG said...

this looks lovely! i'm quite a fan of the tartness of lemons so i shall definatly be giving it a go thankyou!

Lori said...

That looks and sounds good to me. I'm a big fan of tart/sour tastes. I put mustard on dill pickles!!!
Lori

Kelly L said...

I will try this - I'm looking to get healthy!
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Tissan said...

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Gramma Judy said...

Always looking for new and different ways to get healthy greens in. Thanks for sharing. :)

mrschupchake said...

Pine nuts; haven't cooked with them in years. I love kale--thanks for the recipe and lovely picures.

Kelly the Happy Texan said...

A nice massage makes me melt too. Lol Im going to try this! Looks good!

Anonymous said...

I've made a similar recipe, but used balsamic vinegar instead of lemon. I also added blue berries or strawberries at the end with the pine nuts. That would add the sweetness you're looking for.

Bobbie said...

Looks good! will have to make this one of my "try a new thing" things.

A journey to LIFE said...

great recipe, i bet it tasted good also.
you can made the exact thing with spinach, it is super yummy, i love it so much, it called spinach salad but of course without pine and try to add some raw onion(chopped)....