massaged kale salad

by melanie on September 3, 2012

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I am still learning to love kale… I use it often in a supporting role in smoothies and salads, but a salad made entirely of kale – I was not completely sold.  For many months, this massaged kale salad has been in on my mind and I finally got up the nerve to try it a few weeks ago and we loved it!  A complex mixture of sweet, salty. and crunchy on a background of sturdy greens.

As you work the salt into the kale with your hands, the volume of kale shrinks, so if you’ve got 4 people who really love kale (or salad), you might want to add another bunch of kale.  If you end up with left-over salad, if will keeps a day or two in the frig. 

lightly adapted from Massaged Kale Salad on Cookus Interruptus

serves 3 – 4

1 bunch kale
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, toasted in a dry pan
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 – 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
fresh cracked black pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup Parmesan or blue cheese (optional)

Wash and dry the kale leaves and de-stem.  Stack the leaves, rolling tightly, then cut across the rolled leaves with a sharp knife, producing fine ribbons – or if you prefer, chiffonade.  Place the kale ribbons in a large salad bowl.  Add salt and massage it into the kale with your fingers for a few minutes. 

Add onion, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, olive oil, vinegar, and black pepper.  Mix to combine.  Taste and adjust seasonings to your taste.  Top with cheese if desired. 

- in place of the dried cherries, use any other dried fruit, or fresh fruit, such as apple
- try a pinch of nutritional yeast in place of the cheese

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Marta September 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Hi Melanie,
Lovely recipe – thanks for sharing! As a kale lover, would love to share another treatment:
1/2 c dried lentils, rinsed well
1 c chicken stock
1 c chopped kale
salt & pepper to taste
Cook on low about 30 min, until lentils are tender. Easy, quick comfort food! Hope you like it! :)


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