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Raw Kale Salad

Raw Kale Salad

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…

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
Raw Kale Salad

Directions:
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.

Raw Kale Salad
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!

Raw Kale Salad

 

Raw Kale Salad
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