It seems as though kale’s 15 minutes of internet fame might be winding down but, fortunately for the kale industry, my consumption has not waned. I never got into the fancy kale recipes but did find a massaged kale recipe that I will never stop eating.
It’s simple, delicious and takes 30 seconds to make. The hardest part of this recipe is cutting up the head of kale… and I’ve started buying pre-cut kale to make the whole process even more brainless and efficient.
To make a massaged kale salad:
- Chop kale into bite sized pieces (or, if you buy the pre-cut kind like me, grab a handful of kale!)
- Add to a large bowl and drizzle olive oil, a squeeze of lemon (usually 1/2 of a full lemon or a healthy squirt from a lemon juice bottle) and a few cranks of sea salt.
- Be sure your hands are clean and then get to work massaging those leaves. Massage kale for ~1-2 minutes; kale volume will reduce in size, usually by about half. Add additional lemon and/or salt to taste.
- Portion out into serving bowls (or eat right from the bowl!) and enjoy! Option to add toppings – get crazy! In this instance, I added crushed peanuts from the pad thai we made for dinner that night as well as leftover cilantro we had in the fridge.
Now that I buy the pre-cut kale, I make single portions at a time more often but when I bought kale that needed to be cut, I would massage the entire batch of kale and stored in a Tupperware in the fridge; the salad keeps well for a few days.