A few months after getting on the "I love kale" band-wagon, I discovered just how great massaged kale salads taste. Also, they are incredibly easy to make. The massaging process only takes a few minutes, but is sufficient to break down the cellulose and other fibers in the kale, making the leaves more digestible and less chewy when eating. This version is super simple, and very customizable. I like to add parmesan cheese for a salty kick and an off-set to the slight bitterness of the kale leaf. But if dairy isn't your thing, feel free to leave it out.
The Most Awesome Massaged Kale Salad.
serves 4-6 depending on your kale-love-level
2 heads dino kale, stems removed, and cut into 1/4”-1/2” ribbons
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp tahini
juice of one lemon
1 Tbsp olive oil / drizzle of olive oil
3 dashes nutmeg
2 dashes cayenne pepper
1 dash smoked hot paprika
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
1) Place kale in large bowl, add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Massage with bare hands for 3-5 minutes, until kale decreases in size by half and is soft and looks dark green.
2) Add parmesan, tahini, and spices. Mix thoroughly.
3) EAT and enjoy! This is even better the second or third day, but I doubt it will last you that long!
Feel free to add more heads of kale if you want to make a bigger portion, but you may have to adjust the amount of cheese and tahini; however, I've made this with 3 heads of kale and didn't add any more ingredients. It's that forgiving! The photos here are of the salad made with regular green kale, but I much prefer the dino kale, but both work and are equally delicious.
Possibly vegan, gluten-free, nutrient rich and delicious. Share it with all your family and friends. They’ll gobble it up! My family, friends and I surely did.