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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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Massaged Kale Salad

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 Fresh Express Baby Kale Mix
    4 tablespoons Chef Meg's Garlic Dijon Vinaigrette (pictured above)
    juice and zest of one lemon
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 hard-boiled egg, finely chopped (optional)



Tips

This dish ages beautifully. Make it a day ahead.


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

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  • 10 of 10 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
    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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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 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
    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    A great way to eat Kale---=- love it! - 4/8/12

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 1 of 1 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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  • 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
    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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  • 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 6 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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  • 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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  • Use lots of dressing, tastes good, but mouth feel of kale is still repulsive. - 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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  • My kale is from local, organic farm, & may be more than 1 variety. Young & tender. Loved finding this recipe using it fresh.
    I marinated over night. - 5/14/13

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  • Will try this weekend! - 1/16/13

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