Hail ye Kale!

kale salad

“You have to massage your kale.” That was a recent quote from my lovely produce guy who is not afraid to make me blush! Can I just say that I have fallen in love with kale…enough to massage it! (P.S. You massage the kale with avocado, olive oil, and lemon! It is worth noting that my babysitter uses these same ingredients in a masque on her face and she has beautiful skin!)

Kale is a superfood, also fondly known as the “queen of greens.” Your can steam, braise, bake as chips, or eat it raw. It’s a nutritional powerhouse boasting significant doses of vitamins A, C, and K, and is a great source of calcium, iron, manganese, fiber, and live-to-be 100-antioxidants. The deeper emerald green in color, the better chance for taking advantage of its body detoxifying, cancer-fighting and anti-inflamatory benefits. Because it hails from the cruciferous family (think broccoli, brussel sprouts & cabbage), the tastiest way to eat it raw requires first, a good olive oil massage!

The Yummiest Kale Salad

1. First, wash the kale very well and then de-stem it.

2. Chop up 1-2 avocados (make sure they are soft).

3. In a bowl, generously coat the kale with a good olive oil, the avocado, and the juice from 1-2 whole lemons. Wash your hands and then get to work. Massage the kale with the olive oil, avocado (it’s like butter!), and lemon for a good minute or two! Sprinkle with kosher salt and ground pepper.

4. Next, get creative with your ingredients. The choices are endless! I personally love mixing in Montmorency dried cherries, shelled pistachio nuts, edamame, Pecorino cheese or Parmesan, a swirl or two of honey and voila! You could even add in sliced figs or pears, both of which are in season right now. If you are not up for getting your hands dirty, Whole Foods does a lovely kale salad of dried cranberries, fresh blueberries, and walnuts.

Bon Appétit

Live in Hope,

Farrell

 

9 Comments
  • BETSY HENDRICK

    September 2, 2013 at 6:49 am Reply

    LOVE KALE AND I DO MASSAGE IT. I COULD SO RELATE TO ALL OF YOUR SHARING EXCEPT FOR RAFTING(HA). I AM GOING TO TRY HARD TO KISS THE EARTH WITH MY FEET. FORWARDED TO MY DAUGHTER AMY BENNETT AND MY DAUGHTER IN LAW, SALLY! YOU ARE INSPIRING!

  • Sally Lee

    September 2, 2013 at 6:50 am Reply

    Wow! No wonder your novel involves a cooking school. I’m forwarding this one to my eleven year old chef grandson. Thanks

  • Amber

    September 2, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

    I will definitely massage my kale next time;) I make kale chips for the boys often and they love them. A little olive oil and sea salt and yum! We will try this salad. Thanks!

  • Laura Kolb

    September 2, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

    thanks for this yummy recipe of good for you Kale..

  • Mary Coleman

    September 2, 2013 at 8:53 am Reply

    Oops! I’m behind. I haven’t even been able to try the salmon yet. thanks for your loving care, Farrell. see you next week…

  • Eliz Akers

    September 2, 2013 at 9:11 am Reply

    Wow! Looks and sounds delicious! 🙂

  • Cathy Mayo

    September 2, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply

    Jimmy and I love kale! Will have to try this!! As always, thanks and love, C
    Oh, And I am going to try your sitter’s face recipe too.

  • Tasha

    September 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm Reply

    Massaging the kale is also helping a very tough leaf be pre-digested in a sense. That makes it easier and faster for our bodies. You can also store it “massaged” for days in the fridge and it gets better and better. My kids will only drink it in juice but I love kale salad!
    I just got caught up on some of your posts. We love salmon so I can’t wait to try that one.
    Thanks as always!

  • Mary Slade

    September 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm Reply

    Does the avocado get mixed into the kale while massaging it? I am expecting the avocado, olive oil and lemon juice mix together and coat the kale. Is that correct? Sounds good!

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