We have an overabundance of kale right now- four different varieties to be exact! And while that's nothing to complain about, I was eager to try something other than sautéed kale, and kale chips. I've had some stellar kale salads, but was weary of the whole "massaging" thing. I mean, a salad is supposed to be easy- right? Massaging? That sounds like a chore.
But, with a huge plastic bag full of kale in the fridge, I thought- what the hell.
Some helpful tips- if your kale is homegrown- refrigerate for a day or so first. It will crisp up nicely in the cold in case its gotten a bit wilty outside. Make sure you de-stem them carefully. Kale stems= yuck. Use more kale than you think you need. The massaging reduces it greatly. Finally, use a good quality EVOO for the massaging, as that brings out a lot of flavor in the kale.
Massaged Kale Salad with Avo, Mango, and Almonds
big bag of kale- if you're buying kale bunches at the store, get at least 3 big ones
1 avocado, diced
1 mango, diced
3 tbsp good EVOO
juice of half lemon
kosher salt or sea salt, to taste
1/3 cup slivered almonds
In a large, deep bowl, pour your EVOO over your kale. Work the kale with your fingers, like you're scrunching up the kale. After a bit you'll see the color of the leaves have darkened and they've shrunk down by quite a bit. This took me perhaps three minutes total. Then add your diced avo and mango, almonds, and salt. Squeeze half a lemon over and then toss well. I did not find this needed additional EVOO, with the avocado and EVOO coating the leaves I thought it was perfect.
I would not recommend eating raw kale, un-massaged. First of all- it gets much more palatable with some TLC. And second of all, it reduces the amount of phytic acid, if i'm not mistaken. someone speak up if so!
This salad is a great source of vital nutrients, healthy fats, antioxidants, and vitamin k. Enjoy!!