Kale has been called the angry lettuce, because is it much more fibrous and less delicate than say baby spinach, romaine, or other leafy greens. But, this massaged vegan kale salad demonstrates an awesome trick to calming it down.
Benefits of massaging kale
I have found that massaging kale with lemon juice and a little sea salt make it much more tender and flavorful. And who can blame it. We all could use a little massage to soften our attitude every now and then.
Though the stems are edible, they are the most fibrous part of the plant, so I advise taking them out to make a more delicate dish.
One thing I’ve noticed with the pre-cut kale in bags is that the leaves are sliced horizontally which causes the stems to be included in them. The stems are so fibrous that it’s best to take them out, because they won’t cook down to being soft.
Those cut bags of kale are great for things like smoothies, but not so much for braising or kale salad. I always buy the whole leaf kale and de-stem it. Only takes a few minutes.
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Fastest way to destem kale
Destemming is not difficult and doesn’t even require a knife or scissors.
To strip out the stems, simply grasp a kale leaf with one hand by the stem. Wrap your other hand firmly around the lower end of the leafy part. Slide your hand up the leaf, staying close to the stem, to strip off the leafy part.
There is even a kitchen tool called Loose Leaf Kale, Chard, Collard Greens and Herb Stripper to make it even more simple.
Helpful Hint: Don’t throw those discarded stems away. They are packed with nutrition and are great to make your own Veggie Broth.
This massaged kale salad has an earthy, balanced flavor and super-nutritious profile.
Nutrition in Kale
One cup of kale contains 34 calories, 6.7 grams of total carbohydrates and 1.3 grams of dietary fiber.
Based on a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet, these measurements represent 2 percent of the recommended daily value, or DV, used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for carbohydrates and 5 percent for dietary fiber. Kale also provides 2.2 grams of protein.” LiveStrong
Other Great Kale Recipes
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- 1 bunch fresh kale
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbps lemon juice
- 3 Tbsp agave or other sweetner, or to your taste
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup cranberries
- 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
- Wash kale and remove stems.
- Tear into bite-sized pieces and place in large bowl.
- Add the salt and 1/2 of the lemon juice. Massage the kale for 1-2 minutes. It will reduce drastically in size due to massaging.
- Drizzle with agave (or other sweetener), the rest of the lemon juice, pumpkin or sesame seeds, raisins, and cranberries. Mix thoroughly.
Chef'n LooseLeaf Kale, Chard, Collard Greens and Herb Stripper
Wholesome Organic Blue Agave Nectar, Syrup, Low Glycemic Sweetener, Non GMO, 44 oz
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181 Total Fat: 1.4g Carbohydrates: 40.9g Fiber: 5.7g Protein: 5.8g