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How to Make Kale Actually Taste . . . Good!

If you’re like me, kale is not the yummiest vegetable on the planet. It is stalky, bitter, sometimes gritty, – let’s be honest: we are talking equivalent to grabbing a leaf off a random tree and hoping for the best. – “Oh, but it’s soooo good for you!” or “Blend it into a smoothie and you’ll never taste it!” – If I am eating something, isn’t the point to taste it?

“You can make ‘Kale Chips’ out of it!” – If something is so gross on its own that you have to make greasy, cheesy chips out of it, there’s something wrong with that thing.

Anyways, I love green veggies! Incorporating them into my meals is usually easy and enjoyable – except for Kale. – Until now!

Just like a back full of knots, we gotta massage the hard parts of the vegetable down with oil until it is happy and relaxed. Only when it’s had a good rub down, can we really get what we need out of it! – I do this all the time to my Mom when I need money: give her a massage and a foot rub and then go in for the kill. Think of Kale like your Mom! Easily worked up and bitter, but with enough time, care, and attention, everything will be in your favor. (Sorry Mom! – Love you!)

Just like in the video, before you add kale to your salad, a sandwich, or on top of your weird, rustic pizza, add some fatty oil and literally massage with your fingers.

I used:

  • 4 cups chopped Kale – any type of kale will do.
  • 1.5 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil – you can use avocado oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, etc.

Then I went in, bare handed, and massaged the kale. You are basically tossing the salad with your hands but also taking great care and attention to massage each piece with your finger tips.

Once the kale has been coated, looks dark green and hydrated, you can set it aside as you prepare the rest of your meal. I made a simple salad with:

  • 1 Persian Cucumber – chopped
  • 1/2 Beefsteak Tomato – chopped
  • 1/2 Avocado – diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion – chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 small Lemon – juiced
  • 1 handful Walnuts – chopped

Toss Toss Toss! – This time with utensils . . .

If you follow this recipe and your diet allows cheese, throw in some feta! It is delightful!

The massaging process and the little time allowed to chop the rest of your veggies will literally transform the kale into delicious greenery that is crunchy, flavorful, and digest-able. No longer bitter and hard to swallow, this gut-loving vegetable will satisfy your tastebuds and your soul!

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