I thought I hated kale. It’s probably because I had never had it, didn’t really know what it was, and it looked a lot like other greens I do hate such as collard or mustard greens.
It was with trepidation that I tried to make kale chips using this recipe from AllRecipes.com. It was pretty good and some of my kids actually ate it. I didn’t love it enough to add it to my rotation of side dishes though. Then I read different recipes that used kale in salads. At first I couldn’t image using kale in a salad because it seemed bitter. Finally, I hit on the way to use kale in a salad that I liked and do include in our rotation of side dishes.
The magic of massage. When you massage the kale leaves, they soften, lose some of their bitterness and become tastier.
Here’s my version of massaged kale salad with homemade walnut raspberry dressing.
Wash your kale. I really take my time because I like to make sure there are no little buggies, dirt, or anything that is not supposed to be there.
Next, I place the kale in a bowl with some olive oil and lime juice. You can use lemon juice but I like the lime flavor. Use your clean hands to massage the kale until it almost looks wilted.
The more you massage it the less bitter it becomes. Make sure you use plenty of kale because massaging it reduces the volume by a lot. In fact, the first time I made it I ended up with a spoonful for each of us, which was just fine with my 9 year old.
Put the massaged kale in a bowl and add your choice of toppings. I like to use mandarin oranges and walnuts because those go well with the dressing I make. Other options include standard salad add-ins like tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, or even mango.
Top with your choice of dressing. To make the Raspberry dressing I use simply combine the following:
- 1/2 cup raspberry preserves with no added sugar
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
Whisk it all together and pour over the salad. Add salt and pepper if desired, but I just leave it unsalted.
I hope you will not be afraid of kale like I was and give this really tasty salad a try! I’d love to hear different ways that you have used kale in your healthy meals. Diane