To be honest, I have mixed feelings about kale. I know it's super healthy and trendy and I secretly want the sweatshirt that Beyonce wears in her 7/11 video that says KALE. I've had amazing kale salads at restaurants and generally enjoy it in sautéed and in smoothies, but whenever I have made my own variations of kale salads I'm underwhelmed. It's always tough, takes 15 minutes to chew each bite, and tastes like I'm eating leaves off a tree. Not good. My mom and my sister have told me that in order to enjoy raw, one must massage the kale. Despite being told this multiple times I was skeptical. What did massaging kale even mean? All of these thoughts changed last week, however, when I had dinner at a friend's apartment. In addition to the delicious pasta she made, she also whipped up a lemony kale salad that I couldn't get enough of. "How did you make this?" I asked. She told me how she did it and then added in that she massaged the kale for a bit. Now I was determined to try it myself and guess what, people! Massaging kale does work! It's magic.
Kale and Avocado Salad
- 1 lb of Tuscan kale (or black kale)
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
- sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
- Olive Oil
- 1/2 juice lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
Rub kale leaves so that they become softer. Afterwards wash and dry and chop into small parts. Add in avocado, cranberries, almonds, parsley and toss together.
Season salad with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over salad and mix in a large bowl with hands. Drizzle juice of a lemon over mixture and toss again. Serve in a bowl and top with parmesan cheese.