What's with massaging kale?
I’ve been curious for a while about massaged kale, but until this weekend I hadn’t tried it. I’ve had kale in my salads and smoothies many times. When I eat it in a salad, I always make sure and mix it in with other greens and I don’t use too much of it. It can be really tough and bitter, so I decided to give the massaging technique a try. I googled massaged kale and it seems that pretty much everyone uses the same technique.
So, what the heck is massaging kale anyway? To take the bitterness and toughness out of the kale all you have to do is rub it and it seems to work best when you use a dressing or oil, even avocado works. I also saw a recipe that used lemon juice and garlic. I really expected this to be a long drawn out process, but massaging the kale only took 2-3 mins. I used my strawberry avocado dressing that I mixed up in my food processor. I just poured some over the top and then dug in, using my hands and fingers to rub the leaves of the kale.
Massaged Kale Salad with Strawberry Avocado Dressing (serves 5-6)
10 oz. bag prewashed and precut kale, stems removed (Trader Joe’s carries this)
desired amount of chopped nuts (I used pecans), dried fruit (I used craisins), chopped strawberries, and feta or goat cheese
For the dressing
1/4 of an avocado
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
2 tbsp lime or lemon
1 tbsp almond milk
1/2 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1. Blend all dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender.
2. Pour desired amount of dressing on kale and toss to coat. Squeeze and rub leaves of kale between fingers for about 2-3 minutes. Leaves will become dark and wilted.
3. Top salad with strawberries, nuts, dried fruit and cheese.
I mixed my kale salad with chopped spinach. Feel free to add your favorite additional toppings.
Something to think about….
Ever tried massaged kale?
What are your favorite salad toppings?
What’s your favorite salad dressing?
Have a terrific Tuesday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for What I ate Wednesday!