Boy, do I have a recipe for you!
I absolutely adore spinach and romaine as they are the “go-to” leafy greens in my diet, but because I know and understand (and am beginning to understand even MORE) how important a varied diet is I like to switch things up every so often.
A couple of weeks ago at the grocery store, the kale looked particularly amazing. Pair that with the fact that this green is high in Vitamins A, C, and K, packed with fiber, and contains 3 grams of protein per cup (!!) I was sold and instead of spinach that week, I decided to play with kale in the kitchen.
The problem with using kale in salads, is that even when the woody stems are removed the leaf itself can be a little tough making the salad less enjoyable. After doing a little internet research, I learned that MASSAGING the kale and allowing it to sit for 20-30 minutes before serving really softens the leaves. Massaging the kale and allowing it to sit is just another way of slightly breaking the kale down before eating to allow for an easier digestion process, and it definitely makes a difference!
You may be thinking, “what could she possibly mean by ‘massaging’ the kale”?…I mean exactly that. Wash your hands off, then stick them in the bowl to rub down that kale to soften it up. It doesn’t take long, and it’s kind of fun 🙂 I hope you enjoy this delicious kale salad whether you are new to kale or an old time kale lover through and through.
Yields: 3-4 meal-sized servings
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Oh girl! I should give this salad a try! Looks good! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂
Thanks, Shiva!! Let me know what you think!! 🙂
I’ve never done the massaged Kale thang, but I do eat a ton that and collard greens. I like to just sautee it in a pan, it has that Kale chip flavor! 🙂
MMMM yes! Kale chips 🙂 Yum!
OMG I can’t eat kale salad without it being massaged! It’s just not the same. So glad you found an enjoyable way to eat your greens! I love nooch in the salad dressing – i really need to start remembering to add it!
I’m so glad I figured it out too!! 🙂