Ever since my good friend Steph introduced me to raw kale salads (she makes killer ones), I have been trying to duplicate one of my own. I love this salad! Check it out…
- It is super healthy (but delicious) – Kale contains anti-inflammatory nutrients, antioxidant nutrients and also nutrients that help fight cancer. To see more of the benefits of kale, go to my Superfood Spotlight: Kale
- Affordable– One bunch of kalewill yield about 3-4 servings, and it is only $2-4, depending on if you buy organic. That totally beats buying a salad at the store or a restaurant for $10+. The other ingredients are staples that I have in my kitchen, so it’s a great bargain for me.
- Easy to make– Look how few ingredients and steps. All you have to do is chop, massage, and toss. You can make this in 5 minutes!
I started my photography class last week and I loved it. For my first assignment, I used this pretty thing to play with lighting and exposure. That’s why some of the photos have different looks. I am learning so much in class and can’t wait to see what else is to come.
Raw Kale Salad
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (or nuts of choice)
- 1/2 c. dried cranberries
Wash and chop the kale, removing the stems.
Pour the olive oil and salt over the kale and ‘massage’ for 3-5 minutes. When I read about massaging kale, I was quite confused, moreso shocked. ‘Masssage? Huh?‘ Well, I learned that it is exactly what it sounds like.
Just take your hands and squeeze the kale around, as if you were giving a massage. This “kale massage” significantly cuts the bitterness and toughness of the raw vegetable. It’s amazing what it does! You will notice that the leaves shrink slightly, become a deeper green and also become softer.
|Post- massaged kale
Drizzle about two teaspoons of agave nectar, the juice of half of a lemon, and toss.
Top with chopped nuts or cranberries, if you like!