Favorite Kale Salad
I absolutely LOVE kale and you might be reading this and going "how?!" "why?!" or even "ew" - but give me a second.
Kale is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, a great source of vitamin C & K, calcium, iron and potassium, can help lower cholesterol, is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, boost metabolism, great for skin, can aid in weight loss, immune boosting, activates detoxifying enzymes in your liver, high in protein, and so much more - just google it!
Aside from ALL the benefits of kale - it can taste AMAZING!
Kale has become a staple in our household because of this salad - and we honestly eat it every other day, if not every day. It's become as basic of a side as potatoes for us.
Now, kale in it's raw form (which is how we mostly eat it) can be very bitter and honestly hard to chew. To take that bitter stereotype away, here's the trick - you MUST massage the kale.
Sounds silly I know, but it's true!
So let's get started:
raw kale (packaged or fresh bunch)
salad toppings - cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, seeds, fruit, protein, cheese of choice, etc.
1/2 tbsp of olive oil per handful of kale you use
juice from half of a lemon
MASSAGE the kale! Grab as many handfuls of the kale as you wish to use. Then you must rip the leafy part of the kale of the rib (that's the hard stalk in the middle - you'll know when you se it - and then just get rid of the ribs). Throw the leaves in a large bowl.
Then pour your olive oil on top. Remember - it's roughly 1/2 tbsp per handful of kale, or you can just eye ball it! Don't soak the leaves though, it'll get too mushy and no one likes a mushy salad.
Next, add garlic salt - or any other seasoning you'd like really - to the leaves and start to gently knead the leaves and massage until they turn a darker green color and are all coated.
After that, I squeeze the juice of half of a lemon onto the leaves and then add my other salad toppings and voila! I usually don't add extra dressing to this salad because the olive oil and seasoning are enough for me!
Give kale a try! We honestly have it as a side to our meals 4 days a week and I eat it for lunch with a salad probably every other day!
Let me know how you like it!