Everybody has that one thing. A ritual, an obsession, a food you just cant live without. Well…I have many, one of which happens to be kale.
I’ve already expressed my love for kale on this boggy before, and I’ll do it again, but I’ve not yet shared my personal favorite way to eat raw kale. Of course this begs the question; what the heck took me so long?!
Meet the always lovely and delicious Massaged Kale Salad.
Massaged? If you’re over there thinking the only thing that needs a massage right now is your feet, think again. Well maybe they do, but you can take care of that on your own time…maybe even while your enjoying your nice Massaged Kale Salad?? OH KAAAAALE YEAH!
So why does kale need a massage again? If you’ve ever come across raw kale before you would know it’s a bit rough-but hey, it’s got a lot going for it-as a low calorie source of fiber, nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants!
Massaging kale essentially breaks it down to make it easier for your body to digest. So by massaging your kale prior to eating it you are doing some of the work for your body (and your jaws!) prior to the process of digestion, & your body will repay you in happiness + health!
While you get your massage on, the kale will change before your eyes like magic! Due to the breakdown of cellulose (the basic structure of plants) the kale will wilt and you will be left with a more vibrant green and softer kale.
This salad is simply a staple in my kitchen. I eat it for lunch, dinner, heck I could even make it for breakfast! I particularly like to use it as a base to build my flavors based upon what ingredients are seasonal or what I happen to be feelin’ that day.
Massaged Kale Salad
2-3 cups Organic Raw Kale Leaves (I use the lacinato or “dino” variety)
1 tsp Oil (I use flax oil but olive oil & even fresh avocado work beautifully as well)
1 Lemon, juiced
1 tsp Maldon Sea Salt (I used the smoked version)
De-stem your kale by pulling the leaf from the center stem. In a large bowl, combine the de-stemmed kale leaves with the remaining ingredients. Lightly pour an additional 1 tsp. of your oil onto your hands to coat.
Using a massaging action start to tear the leaves apart and continue massaging for about 2-5 minutes or until the leaves are softened and turn a more vibrant green.
Use this as a salad base or add toppings of your choice.