I’ve been receiving an abundance of kale in my CSA boxes this last month or so and while I do love adding it to smoothies and juices I’ve also been wanting to try a kale salad. But if you’ve ever tasted kale it has a bit of a bitter taste that can be hard to get past when you’re eating a whole salad full of it.
There’s a solution though. You just have to show your kale some love first! You know, give it a little massage. Massaging your kale will remove some of the bitter taste and leave the kale silky and sweet.
There are two ways to massage kale. In the first method, you simply massage the kale by taking a few bunches of kale in each hand and rubbing them together until they begin to soften, deepen in color, and become silky.
The second method works great for salads where you are making your own dressing using olive oil. For this method you first chop up the kale (removing the ribs) and add it to a large bowl. You can fill it to the top because it will shrink down a bit as you massage it. Then add some olive oil (approx 1 TBSP per bunch of kale) and massage it into the kale for 5-10 min. You will notice the kale deepen in color and shrink down a bit.
To check if it’s ready, just try a taste. You should notice a difference in taste and texture (sweeter and more soft/silky). If it’s not there yet, just keep on massaging!
Kale Salad with Blueberries & Apples
2 bunches of kale
2 TBSP olive oil
1-2 TBSP lemon juice (about half a lemon)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1-2 TBSP honey
1 cup blueberries (strawberries or blackberries would be good too)
2 small apples, cubed
2 oz. crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup slivered almonds (chopped walnuts or pecans would be good too)
1. Wash and chop kale (removing center rib) and place in a large bowl (it will shrink down a bit after you massage it so it’s okay if the bowl is really full).
2. Add the 2 TBSP olive oil and massage it into the kale for 5-10 minutes.
3. Squeeze half a lemon, add 1/2 tsp. sea salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper and 1-2 TBSP honey and mix in with kale.
4. Add blueberries, apples, goat cheese and toss.
5. Top with slivered almonds.
This salad also will keep better than your typical salad so you can enjoy any leftovers the next day.