Thursday, January 29, 2015

Massaged kale salad

Kale is a delicious, hearty and hardy leafy green. It's one of the few that truly thrive in the cold and dark winter of the North East under the appropriate circumstances. However, without some TLC, its mouth-feel resembles particularly tough bat wings...or maybe the worn rubber sole of water-proof boots. But, like with most things, a little rubbing with some scented massage oil goes a long way to relax the tough little plant. With some effort, these scary leaves become rather tractable, almost sweet-natured.

4-6 cups kale leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
0.25 tsp salt

Wash the leaves and dry them in a salad-spinner. Fold them in half and cut out the stem. Chop into bite-sized pieces.

In a large bowl add in oil, vinegar and salt to the kale. Massage for 2 minutes. The leaves will collapse and become a vibrant green. They can now serve as a perfect base for a winter salad.

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