And it's perfect for the 5-ingredients or less #SundaySupper event. Remember - water, salt, pepper and oil are freebies and don't count towards the total!
Raw kale is tough, so you need break down the fibers somehow. In the past I have blanched it, softening it before using it in a recipe. Massaging it accomplishes the same thing. The first time my littlest kitchen elf helped me, this was our conversation:
D, can you help Mommy with dinner?
"Sure, what can I do?"
Can you please massage the kale in that bowl?
Massage the kale, please.
"Did it have a hard day?"
Now he's our resident Kale Master. And he calls it our Kale-Had-a-Hard-Day Salad.
- 1 bunch kale, larger ribs removed and chopped into 1" pieces
- 2 T olive oil
- juice and zest from 1 lemon
- freshly ground sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
- fresh herbs, destemmed and thinly sliced (we used a mix of parsley, basil, mint, and oregano)
Place the kale in a large mixing bowl and pour the olive oil and lemon juice over the leaves.
Massage until the leaves are softened and have turned from a greyish-green to a bright, deep emerald.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold in the fresh herbs. Let sit for another 10 minutes before serving so the flavors can fully develop.
I also love how flexible this is. As long as you have oil and a citrus you can create any number of combinations. I've done a Kale Salad with Lemon-Lavender and Kale Salad with Apples and Beets, for example.
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What a cute story. I am always looking for new ideas to use for our bi-weekly raw night and this looks fabulous.ReplyDelete
LOL...what a great story! And perfect name for your yummy salad!ReplyDelete
I just love your story and I love this salad too! It is simply perfect!ReplyDelete
Lovely story and salad! It's just amazing how tender the kale leaves become once you massage them!ReplyDelete
My mom loves Kale and I have yet to try it - looks like I definitely should - this recipe looks fun!ReplyDelete
I love that your son knows how to massage kale!!! Awesome!ReplyDelete
What a sweet and hilarious story! Oh the lengths we go to for a good salad. :) I feel like I've heard how amazing this massaged kale thing is before. I definitely need to give it a try!ReplyDelete
Awww! Your "kitchen elf" is adorable!!! What a good helper :)ReplyDelete
love your story. I had one similar when my girl was little. We called Ramen "Brave Noodles". I am afraid of kale, but if your guy can massage it, I can certainly give it a try.ReplyDelete
This story just cracks me up! I love kale and always prefer it over lettuce in my salads.ReplyDelete
I love your resident Kale Master... is he for hire?ReplyDelete
Ha! That is a funny little story. I think I need a resident Kale Master. I love kale and sous chef rather dislikes it - maybe a massage might help his taste for it improve!ReplyDelete
LOL, great story and great recipe!!ReplyDelete
My kale has always had a hard day, I need a kitchen elf to help relax it a bit!ReplyDelete
Ha, that's adorable!ReplyDelete
Love the story! and I love this kale recipe!!!!ReplyDelete
This is great! I love kale salad! Always wondered how it was "softened"!ReplyDelete
I absolutely love the name of your recipe!ReplyDelete
What a great smile! My kids think I am a little "off" as it is. Not sure if I could get one to massage the kale for me. You're lucky to have a great helper.ReplyDelete
Great recipe, thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Wonderful, healthy and delicious! Blessings, CatherineReplyDelete
Oh my gosh - the "did it have a hard day?" question is seriously adorable!ReplyDelete
I adore kale salad, this looks right up my alleyReplyDelete
LOL I love the title! And this is one of my favorite ways to have kale!ReplyDelete
Haha that is adorable! I love a good kale salad, yum!ReplyDelete
I love that story. I think my kale has had a hard day and I am going to try massaging it! Haha!ReplyDelete
Love those little hands in there! Kale is so great in salads. We use it almost exclusively these days. Thanks for another option!ReplyDelete
He looks so happy to help! Funny story!ReplyDelete
This story made me smile, and so does this salad!ReplyDelete
One of the best salads I've had was a massaged kale salad--can't wait to try this one!ReplyDelete
Love the name of this salad! And I'm definitely going to try the massaging technique with kale next time.ReplyDelete
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