Massaged Kale Salad

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 50.0
  • Total Fat: 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 23.2 mg
  • Sodium: 52.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 1.9 g

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Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Massaged Kale Salad

Introduction

Even kale needs some love. Massaging an acid-based dressing into the fibrous green leaves tenderizes them, making the healthy vegetable more palatable in its raw form. Even kale needs some love. Massaging an acid-based dressing into the fibrous green leaves tenderizes them, making the healthy vegetable more palatable in its raw form.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    2 bags baby kale salad
    4 tablespoons Garlic Dijon Vinaigrette
    juice and zest of one lemon
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 hard-boiled egg, finely chopped (optional)



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Directions

Place the kale in a large mixing bowl. Pour dressing and lemon juice over the greens, then massage the dressing into the kale for 5 minutes. This will help soften the kale. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Just before serving, add the egg, black pepper, and lemon zest.



Serving Size: Makes 8 cups, 1 cup per serving





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  • Very Good
    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
    let it sit overnight, ate it with soft boiled egg - 4/7/12

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  • 11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I used garbanzo beans instead of eggs for a vegan change and this was very good. - 7/15/12

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I addded a little more garlic, red onions, and roasted redp peppers to liven up the color. Overnight is the best way to enjoy this. - 11/10/12

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  • Very Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    A very yummy lunchtime recipe! I added some other raw veggies (cucumber, carrots & red onion) to bulk it up a bit. I love kale in all forms so this was perfect. As suggested I used lacinato kale, it worked great. - 4/2/12

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made this with kale, thinly sliced red onion, and mango chunks instead of egg - just a teaspoon of olive oil and salt and pepper - delish! - 1/10/13

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  • Very Good
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    A great way to eat Kale---=- love it! - 4/8/12

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Tried kale salad before, did not soften. Maybe overnight will work better. I did talk to a chef who had a great kale salad w/ asian dressing and shitake (sauteed) mushrooms. Wash and cut up kale. Drain in colander,salt heavily, mix by hand and allow to sit 1-6 hours. Rinse, pat dry and proceed. Yum - 4/26/13

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Kale is soooo good for you. This recipe is delicious. I did not want to massage with my hands and tried the dough hook on my stand mixer. Worked great! - 3/5/13

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I liked the original. But I added a diced red serrano pepper & onion and liked it even more on my taco. - 11/7/12

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I loved it. I got two types of kale in my CSA box. I plumped up the salad with radishes and kohl rabbi- also in my CSA box. Couldn't wait till overnight before I ate my salad for dinner. I had a side of tuna with the salad - 6/8/12

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I followed the spirit of the recipe, but used 2 tsp olive oil and 2 tbs dark chocolate Balsamic Vinegar. Massaged the kale, then added tomatoes, almonds and baby red onion slices.
    YUM! - 6/9/14

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I omitted the hard boiled egg (dietary restrictions) and made this on a Sunday. It lasted the whole week and was better every.
    - 3/17/13

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I'm interested in this recipe. But, since I cannot abide boiled egg, am wondering what substitutions might work. Crumbled tofu, perhaps? - 4/8/12

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (6/4/12)
    Yes, that would be lovely.


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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I think I massaged the life out of the kale. It tasted good but was the consistency of cooked leaf spinach. Perhaps if I massaged it less and used less dressing it would look like the picture. - 4/25/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe using a red wine vinaigrette dressing and lemon juice, and left out the optional hard-boiled egg. The kale was yummy! Just the right amount of dressing and a lovely lemony taste that lingered after each bite. I let the kale sit for half a day before eating it. Wonderful! - 2/3/14

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Marinated kale is wonderful. I cut it in 1/8" strips so the marinade can do its magic. The leaf in the illustration does not show a smooth leaf. I'm pretty sure dinosaur leaves are not smooth. Even your illustration shows a very rough surface. - 2/25/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for more Kale recipes, I can never get it to be tender, Maybe i should cook it in lemon juice or vinegar,I must try that Thanks Pat in Maine.
    I did this massaged Kale and it was too tough so I cooked it instead. Tonight we preferred it hot it was not so tough but it tasted great. - 10/4/12

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I've never had raw kale before, besides a little mixed into hot creamy soup. I'm willing to experiement with it since my everyday salad is getting a bit monatonous! Adventures in veggie land is exciting! - 4/8/12

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  • I like to add onion, garlic and even almonds or walnuts to this recipe. - 7/26/15

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  • I love kale but someone else does not!! Thanks this is clever way to tenderize the leaves. Could I use oil and vinegar dressing instead? - 4/10/15

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  • No access to baby or young kale.
    Only way to get it tender for me is a good boiling - keep the water for soup.
    Add some dressing, and definitely garlic, and onion/shallots or even leek, for the last few minutes of cooking. And some ginger. Toss in some cherry tomatoes for the last 2 or 3 minutes. - 7/27/14

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  • Really enjoyed this. Instead of egg, I used this salad to serve with salmon for dinner, and boy was it good! - 2/3/14

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  • Need to know how much kale is in two bags of Fresh Baby Kale Mix. I get a bunch or two of fresh kale from my CSA provider. Will start getting them again in March. - 1/25/14

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  • I don't care if I have rubbed it all over my body, Kale is just the worst stuff, mouth feel is still bad, my family says not to ever buy it again! Water Cress has more nutrition, anyway. Kale farmers should give up. No dressing helps. - 1/25/14

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  • Why wouldn't you massage the kale when the leaves are whole and then chiffonade them? Seems like it would be a lot easier - 7/12/13

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