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Massaged Kale Salad

Why bother massaging kale?

Raw kale is super fibrous and tough to digest. Massaging it breaks down the tough leaves, transforming them into a smooth, delicate texture. Each leaf will hold more flavor from the salad dressing too.

BEFORE:
Massaged Kale Salad

AFTER:
Massaged Kale Salad

 

MASSAGED KALE SALAD
Makes 4 servings. 

1 bunch kale, any kind
1 teaspoon salt
½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

DRESSING
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

SALAD ADD-INS
½ cup radishes, thinly sliced
¼ cup carrots, thinly sliced
½ cup apples, chopped into ¼” pieces

  • Wash and dry each kale leaf.
  • Remove the leaf from the stems by holding the stem end in the left hand, while pulling the leaf away with your right hand.
  • Reserve the stems for another meal or make Steam Sautéed Kale Stems.
  • Place all the kale leaves into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and vinegar.
  • Now you’re going to massage the kale for five minutes. Massage just as you would someone’s shoulders, making sure to break down each piece.
  • Once all the leaves are tender, drizzle in the salad dressing a tablespoon at a time. Taste after each drizzle to get the dressing to your liking.
  • Toss in the salad add-ins.
  • Enjoy!

Massaged Kale Salad

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