There are lies we tell ourselves. For instance, road rage is perfectly mature and never our fault. We are the exception to the no-white-pants-after-Labor-Day rule. The eye candy at the gym is admiring us in the mirror, not his ego-centric biceps that have their own gravitational pull. After the holidays, every pair of our jeans marched themselves into the dryer and shrank. It’s not us, it’s the jeans. And the dryer. And that’s why they still don’t fit after four months.
Or one of my personal favorites: in a world where calories don’t matter and fat pants don’t exist, we’d still choose the salad over the burrito because we love salad that much. Dirty. Lie. Is kale salad a burrito? No. Will it make you use the following descriptive verbiage: cozy, melty, toasty, gooey, scrumtrulescent, comforting, succulent, fall-off-the-bone, filling? Never. But we need it and I’ll tell you why right now.
Kale is a powerful vegetable. In just one cup of kale, you get 130 times the amount of Vitamin K and 3 times the amount of Vitamin A you need for the day and are benefited with a high density of antioxidants on top of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Kale and other cruciferous vegetables are known to lower the risk of bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate cancer. Pluuuuus fiber
While kale is not extremely appetizing to some people, there are ways of dressing this hotty up and taking it for a spin. Most of the kale we consume in my house is in our breakfast eggs, but massaged kale salads make a consistent appearance when it’s warm outside. The key to kale salads is massaging lemon juice into the leaves and allowing the lemon juice to soften and break down some of their toughness. Then adding goodies like fruits, avocado, nuts, cheese and homemade dressing brings you to a happy, delicious place that doesn’t put you in a post-burrito stupor. No lie.
Oh hey kale, you’re looking mighty fibrous.
Separate the kale stems from the leaves. You can use the stems in a green superfood smoothie, chop them up and add them to the salad or feed them to your dog. Give the leaves a rough chop.
Drizzle lemon juice over the leaves
Massage leaves using both of your hands. Really get in there!
And then make a house a home, son!
Other great Kale Salad Recipes:
Massaged Kale Salad with Creamy Blueberry Vinaigrette by The Roasted Root
Tuscan Kale Salad by A Family Feast
Rainbow Kale Salad by Tartine & Apron Strings
Grilled Kale Salad with Beets, Figs and Ricotta Cheese by Five and Spice