Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Veg Love, part 2 - Kale! (again :) )

Doesn't that just look beautiful?!  Fresh delicious greens have become such a treat. 

Today's recipe is the easiest recipe in the world, and more seasoned vegans may laugh at me for posting something that seems so obvious, but I was blown away earlier this summer at a conference by this concept, so I want to share so that other newer vegans may get to experience this way sooner in their vegan lives. Something so basic, but somehow I missed it. Massaged kale salad. Easy, so simple, and makes the kale absolutely delicious. Seems like an entirely different thing from plain raw kale, without really doing much to it.

Massaged Kale Salad

1 bunch kale
1 lemon
olive oil
sea salt

Tear the kale leaves off the stems into smaller pieces and place in large bowl. Squeeze the lemon over the bowl to dress the leaves with juice. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle over olive oil.

Massage the leaves gently for a few minutes. The lemon "cooks" the kale, breaking down the cell walls and wilting the leaves, making for a more tender texture and a wonderful flavor.

I am happy to just sit and eat a bowl of the greens by themselves, but feel free to top with whatever calls to you. Sunflower seeds, avocado, mango... just some ideas.



  1. i'm stoked to try massaged kale. gonna give it a go tonight. would it keep for a day or two in the fridge? thanks!

  2. @Amy

    Yay, I hope it works out well for you! I've found I'm still trying to get the exact right amounts of everything.

    It definitely *keeps* in the fridge... but it loses a bit of its crispness, its freshness. Still tasty though.

  3. one of my favorite ways to eat kale! the massaging is a must. i can't get enough of kale this year for some reason.