Massaging kale is my new favorite hobby. I mean what’s better than taking a bunch of kale leaves and helping them relax before dinner? Sounds perfect right? ha ha! All kidding aside, this salad is so awesome! I’ve had many kale salads in my past, but none have ever come close to this concoction of yummy fall inspired ingredients, mixed with tender massaged kale leaves. Are you ready to enter Kale heaven? Here we go!
Massaged Autumn Kale Salad
For the Salad:
-1 Large bunch of Kale (stalks removed)
-1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
-3 Radishes (sliced)
-Half an apple (sliced)
-1 large avocado (optional-not available everywhere)
-1/2 cup sunflower seeds (roasted)
For the Dressing:
-Juice of 1 Large lemon (about 4 Tbsp)
-3-4 Tbsp Raw Honey (depending on how sweet you like things)
1. Roast your sunflower seeds first so they can have time to cool down. Set your oven to 350 degrees, place seeds evenly on a baking sheet and bake for aprox. 10-15 mins. or until toasty and brown!
2.Rinse off your kale (make sure to check for any hiding bugs, especially with organic:) and remove stalks. Cut leaves into 1/2 inch pieces.
3. Sprinkle your salt on the leaves and squeeze them vigorously with your hands until the kale begins to soften and liquid starts to sweat out of the leaves. Keep massaging until desired tenderness is reached. Add leaves to a salad bowl and set aside.
3. Mix your lemon juice, and honey together in a separate smaller bowl and add to the salad bowl with the kale. Toss them together.
4. Thinly slice your radishes, chop apple and avocado into thin chunks and add to the salad bowl. Add the cooled roasted sunflower seeds and toss all ingredient together until combined.
Add pepper if desired and as Julia child would say, “Bon appetite!”