What was the hardest part of your week last week?
While you ponder that, let me share mine: having to watch as a teacher took kale away from a preschooler and made him cry. (Yep, ladies and gentleman, apparently I am so good at getting kids to love kale that they cry when it is taken away.)
Last week I was making my famous kale smoothie for kids with a group of preschoolers. One of the boys was so excited about getting to try the smoothie that he started eating one of the raw kale leaves that had been passed around the classroom for the kids to touch and explore. After taking a bite of the kale he liked it so much that he continued to gnaw his way through most of the leaf. (I was quite impressed!)
Of course, a child snacking on a germ-y piece of kale caught the attention of one of the teachers who promptly took it away from him. Sure enough, crying ensued. Which actually seems pretty fair because if someone tried to take my kale away, I would probably cry too.
Luckily, the nice thing about being an adult is that you can eat as much raw kale as you want. Especially if you massage it and turn it into a delicious salad. Just wash your hands first.
By now you might have heard of “massaging” kale and wondered what all the fuss was about. Massaging raw kale transforms it from a tough, somewhat bitter leaf into a sweet, delicate salad. And it only takes a few minutes!
Let me show you how!
Test the kale as you go along. When the kale begins to taste sweet and you can see some kale juices (e.g. liquids extracted from the kale) accumulating at the bottom of the bowl, your kale is ready!
Add the olive oil, give it one more good massage, and it’s ready to eat!
- 1 large bunch curly kale, de-stemmed and torn or chopped into pieces
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Any desired toppings
- Add the kale to a medium mixing bowl along with the salt and lemon juice.
- “Massage” kale for five minutes, or until leaves are sweet and tender.
- Add the olive oil and give one more quick “massage.”
What are your favorite toppings for massaged kale salad?