In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to eat more nutrient-rich foods. One of the first things I wanted to tackle was Kale – I was always given the impression that it is THE ultimate superfood. Too bad my first experience with kale was so horrible that I refused to eat it for years to come! I thought it was bitter, rough, and it initiated my gagging reflex. I could barely swallow it down. *Shiver*.
The first time I ENJOYED Kale was actually just this year. I was eating lunch with two friends at Veggie Grill, and they both ordered the “All Hail Kale” salad, insisting that it was the best thing on the menu. I was skeptical, but decided to take a risk. It was DIVINE. I found myself actually enjoying the texture of the curly leaves, and they weren’t tough or chewy like kale I’ve had in the past.
Like a woman on a mission, I went to my local farm and picked up a beautiful bundle of Kale! I looked up a recipe online and found a highly rated one by Aarti (do any of you watch The Next Food Network Star? I was rooting for her all the way!).
Massaged Kale Salad
This was actually my 2nd time making it within a week. The first time I made it, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly because I didn’t have a few ingredients on hand. Instead of pumpkin seeds and mangoes I used walnuts and peaches. I actually preferred it the first time around… I wasn’t a huge fan of the pumpkin seeds. Other than that, this is one tasty salad – I almost ate the whole thing in one sitting by myself!
This recipe is so versatile you can pretty much substitute any variation of fruit/nut and it’d work. The massaging of the kale is the KEY step because it helps break down the toughness of the fibers and cuts kale’s natural bitterness. I bought more Kale today so I can make it again! I’m the type of person that goes through “food phases” so I can eat the same thing over and over for a long time before I get sick of it and move onto the next great eat. YUM!
Recipe: Massaged Kale Salad by Aarti