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Massaged Kale Salad

Total time:20 minutes

Servings:

4
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For some, kale can seem too bitter. By adding these ingredients and massaging the kale leaves, not only do you soften their texture but also reduce the bitterness.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of curly or dinosaur kale (stalk removed and sliced into ribbons)
  • The juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 fresh mango, diced small (approximately 1 cup)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons toasted pepitas/pumpkin seeds

Directions

  1. Add the kale to a large mixing bowl along with a little kosher salt and half of the lemon juice.
  2. Using your fingertips, “massage” the kale for five minutes, or until the leaves are sweet and tender.
  3. Add a drizzle of olive oil and “massage” for another minute. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms. Add salt to taste.
  5. Pour some of the the dressing over the kale to coat the leaves, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve.

We tried this recipe with dried cranberries instead of mango. Also try roasted butternut squash and walnuts – YUM!