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Massaged Kale, Blueberry, & Mango Salad

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!

kale-salad

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 kale and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt, and toss.
  3. Massage kale for a couple of minutes. Just get your hands in that bowl and kind of knead it, firmly squeezing it and rubbing it against itself (and the bottom of the bowl) until it's all wilted. It should be soft, darker in color, and significantly reduced in size. Its texture should be closer to "velvety" than "crunchy."
  4. Season with additional sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if desired.
  5. Mix in the mango cubes, blueberries, and pepitas with the kale and toss well.
  6. Eat right away, or chill until serving, preferably within a couple of hours of preparing it.
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