Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Massaged Kale Salad

Kale is one of those super foods that we should all be eating on a regular basis. Cooked greens are sometimes a little bitter in my book, so I love recipes like this that leave the kale raw and it is a delicious way to eat your greens. It's also fun to make since you can actually see and feel the kale relax during the massage process. I know it sounds a little strange, but it really works.

Massaged Kale Salad
Adapted from the Food Network

1 bunch kale, stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
1 lemon, juiced, divided
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons honey
Freshly ground black pepper
1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
Small handful toasted pepitas (pumpkin seed kernels), about 2 rounded tablespoons

In a large serving bowl, add the kale, half of the lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. set aside while you make the dressing.

In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.

Pour the dresing over the kale, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve.

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