Massaged Raw Kale Salad

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Massaged Raw Kale Salad – Kale is a hearty winter green that holds up well in soups and stews. But it’s also wonderful as a salad if you give it a three-minute massage.

Massaged Raw Kale Salad – Kale is a hearty winter green that holds up well in soups and stews. But it's also wonderful as a salad if you give it a three-minute massage.Massaged Raw Kale Salad

Other salads I love are prosciutto wrapped figs with blue cheese, green bean salad and kale salad with quinoa and cranberries.

I realize it might sound odd to massage your greens. But you will be surprised by how this tough green leaf transforms into a tender, light salad. As you rub it with olive oil using your hands, the leaves darken and shrink in size and the texture becomes soft – it’s delicious! Then it’s tossed with lemon juice and grated parmesan cheese. Gluten-free, vegetarian and easy to make.

I can’t believe I never shared a massage kale salad on my blog. I eat them often, sometimes with avocado, or craisins and almonds. So when I got my hands on The Kitchn Cookbook and saw this recipe listed as a side dish in the book, I knew this would be perfect to share.

The Kitchn Cookbook from Apartment Therapy’s cooking site The Kitchn, has great tips for setting up the perfect organized kitchen, storage tips and over 150 recipes with full-page color photographs and a cooking school with 50 lessons  – perfect for the beginner cook, newlyweds, college graduates or anyone learning how to cook.

The best part about this salad is that you can make it, refrigerate it, and it’s still perfect the next day. It won’t get wilted or soggy like lettuce once it’s tossed with dressing. So it’s the perfect salad to make ahead for lunch – just add your favorite salad fixins.

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Massaged Raw Kale Salad – Kale is a hearty winter green that holds up well in soups and stews. But it's also wonderful as a salad if you give it a three-minute massage.
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Massaged Raw Kale Salad

80 Cals 4 Protein 3 Carbs 6 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Salad, Side Dish
CUISINE: American
Kale is a hearty winter green that holds up well in soups and stews. But it's also wonderful as a salad if you give it a three-minute massage.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, preferably dinasaur (lacinato), ribs removed and discarded (6 oz total without ribs)
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeeze lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano

Instructions

  • Slice the kale into 1/4-inch thin ribbons.
  • In a large bowl combine the kale with oil and salt.
  • Using your hands, massage the kale for 3 minutes until the kale softens.
  • Toss with the lemon juice and grated cheese and serve.

Notes

Makes 5 cups. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Reprinted with permission from The Kitchn Cookbook.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/4 cups, Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 304mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g
WW Points Plus: 2
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58 comments

  1. Trying to understand the nutritional info for this recipe that I love. Does this make 11 servings or am I being obtuse or misreading? Quite possible. 🙂   Thanks. 

  2. So, I enjoyed learning that you can massage kale in order to soften it. And I think the flavors chosen go well with kale.
    But I didn’t particularly enjoy the recipe as-is. It seems most of the readers added something more to it. I think it’s a good kale base for a salad though. And if you’re already a big fan of kale you may not feel that it needs anything more.

  3. I have been on a kale kick for the time being and this is a great anytime salad that can be added to if desired. I usually cut back on amount of oil and am perfectly happy with it. Nice to have a salad that can be made ahead and it holds up very well.

  4. So glad I found this recipe! I’ve been trying to eat more kale, but have a hard time with easy/tasty recipes to use up the whole bag before it goes bad. I made this side salad with my leftover quiche today for lunch, and love it! It worked well with bottled lemon juice, and reduced fat feta cheese! Thank you!!

  5. Fabulous and easy lunch. I added a boiled egg, craisins,, and toasted slivered almonds at serving time.