Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Latest Craving {massaged kale salad}

Kale is one of those foods that has to be prepared correctly for me to like it. I'm not especially drawn to a plain piece of this leafy superfood; but when made right, I've found out can be delicious.

Kale is considered among many nutrition experts as the healthiest vegetable you can eat. It's packed with vitamins, iron, and calcium. Kale is only green because the high amount of health-promoting chlorophyll it has in it outweighs the carotenoids that would usually cause a veggie to be red or orange. So it's like eating a rainbow of veggies in one power-packed leaf! Because of this kale promotes healthy eyes, healthy skin, and helps provide energy.

I've enjoyed kale chips, kale in smoothies, and juicing it. But my favorite recipe for kale is this:

Massaged Raw Kale & Avocado Salad
I made only slight tweaks to this recipe that came from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen

1 bunch curly kale, chopped (about 8 to 10 cups)
2 avocados, diced
1/4 cup salted or seasoned sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of goat or regular feta

3 to 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Chop the kale into small pieces and add it to a large bowl. In a smaller, separate bowl whisk together the dressing. Add the dressing to the salad and gently massage it into the kale with your hands. This will soften it almost immediately. Then add the diced avocado. Crush and massage it into the kale. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and feta. Watch your husband skeptical look turn into a surprised grin as he puts the first bite in his mouth.


1 comment:

  1. I needed something to do today :) Think I'll try this out!


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