No one can deny that kale is a nutritional powerhouse. A cup of the stuff contains only 36 calories, but it also provides 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the calcium you need each day. It’s loaded with more than your daily requirements of magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. And, as a bonus, you get minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. But, wait, there’s more: It has more protein per calorie than red meat. Bam.
So why shouldn’t we bow down before it?
Well, some people just don’t like it. Or are afraid of it. It’s really, really green. And vegetable-y. I was one of those people until a few years ago. It started with Kale Chips, then there were the Green Smoothies, and then this salad came along and forever changed my weekly consumption of kale, the vegetable I’d never purchased until 2009.
This salad is good for you in more ways than just delivering a delectable dose of kale. It requires that you squeeze it and smash it and knead it until it transforms into something completely different. It’s an upperbody-workout-and-salad-in-one. Most people enjoy a massage, but this time it’s the kale that’s on the receiving end; despite, this, you will not mind. The massage breaks down the cell walls and releases any bitterness you might have previously associated with kale.
You may never make it to full-blown worship, and that’s okay, but you may at the very least, find yourself thinking about it fondly and wishing you had a big bowl of it right in front of you.
SILKY LEMON & GARLIC KALE SALAD
1 Large Head of Kale, washed & ribs removed (any variety, but my favorite is curly)
2-3 Tablespoons Good Olive Oil
3-4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/3 c. Parmesan Cheese or Nutritional Yeast for Vegan
3 Garlic Cloves, Grated or Pressed
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
Salt and Fresh Pepper to Taste
Tear washed and dried kale into medium sized pieces in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and get to work. Manhandle and massage the kale for about 3 minutes until it turns a darker shade of green and becomes silky. Garnish with an optional slice of lemon and serve immediately.
Homemade croutons are an excellent addition.
This should serve 4 but usually only serves 2.