Close your eyes for a minute. Imagine the feel of warm hands working their way over your shoulders and body, soothing out your sore muscles and leaving your skin feeling soft and velvety. Look in the mirror and notice how your face looks clearer and brighter. Does your mood seem just a bit “sweeter” than before?
Ahh, the wonders of a great massage. But what does this have to do with KALE, you ask?
Just think of kale as the “tense” version of you.
Cause let’s be honest. This wonder-veggie often DOES taste a bit bitter; the leaves ARE sometimes rough and washed out looking. You may want to like it, but it’s not always, well, so likable.
Trust us, it’s NOT you. It really all boils down to the preparation.
Enter, MASSAGED KALE (sometimes known as rubbed kale). The reality is, your kale needs a little TLC just like you do to get softer, brighter, and sweeter. So give it some lovin’!
Here’s the simple method:
- With a bunch of kale (any kind), cut out the thick stem in the middle. Roll up the leaves and cut into fine shreds, so the pieces are very tiny.
- Place the shredded kale in a bowl and add a dash of sea salt and about a teaspoon of olive oil. Then take your hands and literally massage the kale for at least a minute or two. As you work the kale with your hands, you will immediately notice the leaves turning bright green and softening (rubbing the kale also sweetens it). And viola, that’s it! It can then be used as the base to any salad.
Give the method a whirl with this delicious recipe:
MASSAGED KALE SALAD
Makes 2-4 servings
- 1 bunch kale, stems removed, chopped into tiny pieces
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 cup thinly sliced onion
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/2 cup chopped red pepper or red cabbage
- 1/4 cup shredded carrots (optional)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
- dash of turmeric (optional)
Add kale to a large mixing bowl along with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a dash of salt. Using clean, bare hands, massage the kale until it is wilted (about 2 minutes). Once the kale is ready, top your salad with onion, cucumber, red pepper, beets or carrots, and pumpkin seeds. Add in the rest of the olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Add a dash of turmeric if desired. No extra dressing needed.
If you want to improve the taste of your cooked kale, one great method is to first lightly STEAM the kale before sauteeing it. Then gently saute in a little olive oil, garlic, and chicken broth, topped of with a dash of sea salt. Or try THIS recipe, using kale in place of the Swiss chard.