I remember reading an article a couple of years ago where a local celebrity, talking about his weight loss, said that kale is his favorite food. I might have snort laughed when I read it. Seriously? Kale is your favorite food? Out of all the foods in the world, if you could only have one for the rest of your life it would be kale? I wasn’t buying it. I later called him on it. I made kale guacamole while on his show and asked him about it later after the cameras stopped rolling. He laughed and said “What? I really like kale!”
While kale would probably never make my top 10 list of favorite foods, I have to say, over the past few years kale has grown on me. I’ve also introduced kale to quite a few of my friends who were shocked that they too liked kale. I’ll often have people say “I buy the kale salad from Costco, but this is so much better! I need your recipe.” Friends, my secret makes even Costco kale salad taste better! It can be used for any kind of kale– purple, green, flat leaf, curly leaf. Once you know my secret kale salad trick you’ll be whipping up kale salads like no one’s business!
But first… why should you be eating kale? It really is a superfood and deserves a much better place on the plate than as a garnish.
-Kale is high in iron! Per calorie there is more iron in kale than in beef!
-Kale is filled with cancer preventing antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids.
-Kale is high in fibre, low in calories and has zero fat. It fills you up and helps you have good poops!
-Kale is high in Vitamin A, C, K, Calcium and Magnesium which helps with bone health, cancer prevention, vision, skin, immune system, metabolism and so much more!
-Kale helps lower cholesterol levels which is good for cardiovascular health.
Convinced that you should give kale a try? I think that being able to make a good kale salad is a kitchen staple, so I decided to include it in my Back To Basics series! Read on for my trick for the most delicious, tender kale salad you’ve ever eaten!
Back To Basics- The Secret to The Most Tender Kale Salad You’ve Ever Tasted
The secret behind the most tender kale salad that you’ve ever tasted lies in massaging your kale to break down some of the cell structure! I highly recommend doing this anytime you make a kale salad whether it’s made with fresh kale from your garden, kale from the grocery store, farmers market or even a bagged kale salad! Here are my simple instructions!
-Kale (Flat leaf, curly leaf, bagged kale salad, any type of kale you want to use in your salad!)
Step 1: Take your kale, remove it from the stem, and tear or chop into bite sized pieces. I do this by running my hand from the base of the kale stalk to the top, strip the leaves in one fluid motion. If you have any big stalky bits in the leaves I remove these too.
Step 2: Put your kale in a bowl, fill with water and rinse the kale well. Drain and if you have a salad spinner give it a good spin to remove excess water.
Step 3: Dump your drained and air dried kale onto a kitchen towel and give it another good dry. You want your kale leaves to be as dry as possible.
Step 4: Put your kale into the bowl that you will be serving from and drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
Step 5: Now is the fun part. Get your hands in there and start massaging! Squeeze that kale! Break down the fibres and release those stunning jewel green colors! Your kale is going to come to life during this step, changing into kale with a bright and beautiful sheen! This is a great job for the kids to do!
Step 6: Dress with your favorite salad dressing, add your favorite toppings and serve! You now have my secret for the most tender kale salad you’ve ever tasted!
Tell me… Is kale a staple in your home? What is your favorite way to eat it? Do you massage your kale?
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