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Massaged Kale, Blueberry, & Mango Salad

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Kale has always been a primary leader in the world of superfoods. Kale is rich in vitamins, minerals, and brain-boosting phytonutrients. This trendy leafy green has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes cardiovascular health.  Since summer is around the corner, it’s time to make some kale salad. This isn’t your ordinary kale salad, though; it’s a massaged kale salad! Yes, you will be massaging a vegetable to eat it.

Why should you massage your kale? The reason to give your superfood a rubdown is to break down kale’s tough structure. The leaves get darker when you massage them because you are essentially wilting them without cooking. You can also add a little organic extra virgin olive oil and a few dashes of sea salt to help tenderize the kale. You’ll have dressed the kale and massaged it in one go!

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 15m

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale (about 6 leaves), stems removed
  • juice from 1 lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 mango, sliced into ¾" cubes
  • 1 c organic blueberries
  • 2 tbsp. raw pepitas

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop the kale, after removing the thick stems, and place the leaves in a large bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt, and toss to combine. Make sure to massage the kale for couple minutes. This helps soften the kale and infuse the flavors.
  3. Season with additional sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired.
  4. Add the mango cubes, blueberries, and pepitas to the bowl with the kale and toss to combine.
  5. Enjoy immediately, or chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Don't leave it in the fridge for longer than a couple hours though. Nobody wants a soggy salad.
2020-03-31T12:43:37-07:00