I love me a good massage, and in fact, am currently manifesting them into my life on a monthly basis. As it turns out, so does kale.
Seriously, don’t knock it till you try it.
When massaged, those stiff, bitter leaves break down and wilt becoming buttery-soft – the bunch reduces in volume by over half and the leaves take on a subtle sweetness.
To massage, simply wash and stem the kale, dress it and start rubbing the leaves together. Vigorously. After a couple minutes the kale will submit and turn into delicate, dark green and tender foliage.
Kale, Grape + Poppy Seed Salad
1 bunch kale, stemmed and sliced into ribbons | juice of a lemon | glug of olive oil | salt | bunch of grapes, halved | 1 ripe avocado | ¼ cup walnuts
For the dressing | ¼ cup olive oil | 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar | 1 tsp Dijon mustard |1 tbsp poppy seeds | good pinch of salt | 1 tsp raw honey
For the dressing – simply whisk all ingredients together and store in a glass jar for up to a week.
In a large bowl, dress kale with lemon juice and olive oil and add a pinch or two of sea salt. Roll up your sleeves and massage kale until it’s deep dark green, soft, and tender - 2 to 3 minutes. Add to the bowl the grapes, chopped avocado and walnuts, and toss well with the dressing.