Massaged Kale Salad

Last summer my friend Emily sent me a recipe for Massaged Kale Salad.  Kale is not part of my typical grocery or even farmer’s market shopping.  I ignore it, mostly because I’m put off by the heartiness of the leaves.  But, I had to buy a bunch of kale for a soup that I was making, so I decided to make the salad recipe Emily sent me with the leftover kale.  The result: a delicious, delicious salad that I keep on thinking about.  Try it — you’ll like it!

Prep time: 10-15 minutes
Serves: 6 (when I made this, I halved everything, but I’ll post the full recipe here)

Ingredients
1 bunch kale, de-stemmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, or dried currants (I used golden raisins)
1 small apple diced (I love using fresh apple in salads — a nice, sweet crunch!)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, toasted (I left these out, as Gavin is slightly allergic)

Preparation

1. Put kale into a large bowl.  Sprinkle salt on top and gently massage the salt into the kale.  Per the recipe, if you’re using the standard curly kale you might find in the grocery store, it might take a little longer and you might have to use a little more salt.  Eventually (a few minutes later), the kale softens/wilts.

2. Toss in the remainder of the ingredients.  Toss and serve! Simple, healthy, delicious!

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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5 Responses to Massaged Kale Salad

  1. mle says:

    i’d love to hear the kale soup recipe. i make a yummy potato kale soup recipe, but i’d love to try another kale soup!

  2. Jenny says:

    It could be a superfood night!

  3. Jenny says:

    Jenn, you are such a faithful commenter!

    Re: massaging the kale, it does and it doesn’t fall off. I sprinkle it on and then put my hands in the bowl and gently rub the kale against the salt. Some of the salt will fall off, but then the kale on the bottom will be affected by the salt that falls.

    • Jenn says:

      wow, interesting. I might have to try this. I have a recipe for a kale soup I was going to try as well. Maybe I can make it a Kale-themed soup and salad night. 🙂

  4. Jenn says:

    How can you massage the salt into the kale? Doesn’t it just roll off like it does off of everything else?

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