February 13, 2019

Massaged Kale Salad

This Kale salad with curly Kale is an Indianized version with raw onions! The only dressing on this salad is fresh lemon juice. We love salads at home, including my little girl (though kale is not her favorite yet). Kale is one of the healthiest and nutritious foods that is loaded with minerals, vitamin K, vitamin C and anti-oxidants (sourced online). I first tried kale without reading about it and liked it. Then when I read that it is SO healthy, I consciously started buying Kale.
Kale has curly thick leaves and it has this peculiar characteristic unlike all other greens that it does not shrink or wilt too much. Because of which kale stays longer in my refrigerator. I make salads, Indian curries, pastas and again salads with just one buy of this special healthy green. What I mean to say is whenever I make Spinach/Palak, at the end of the dish, I am always left to wonder, is that it?? I cleaned/cut a whole lot of it..where did you vanish?!? Dear kale does not vanish, it is a tough one 😜. For raw salads, therefore, kale needs to be massaged with our fingers to soften them and wilt slightly. Hence, Massaged Kale Salad.
I have an interesting addition to my kale salad which I discovered recently – seasoned Panko – bread crumbs seasoned with Parsley and garlic. Bread crumbs are obviously not new to me. However seasoned ones sure are. They are crisp, light and super flavorful. Add them right before serving the salad for the best crunch. If you mix this Panko in the salad way before serving, it gets soft – no complaints – this way it gives a soft pillowy texture to my kale salad.

Kale – thinly chopped – 1 cup (discard stalks)
Olive oil – 1 tsp
Onion – 1/4th cup chopped
Tomatoes – 1/4th cup – chopped
Crushed Pepper – 1 tsp
Lemon Juice – 1 tsp (or half a lemon)
Seasoned Panko/bread crumbs – 2 tbsp

How I prepare:
  1. Pour olive oil and salt into chopped kale. Massage or rub them with fingers until wilted and reduced in size.
  2. Once soft and silky, add onions, tomatoes, crushed pepper and fresh lemon juice. Mix well.
  3. Add crisp breadcrumbs now and mix for fluffy, pillowy texture OR right before serving to retain the crunch.
Devour massaged Kale salad as a side for pastas, rice, roti, anything actually. Someday I will attempt making a good salad dressing and try it on this salad. Spicy, tangy umm… please give suggestions, if you have any .. need to develop taste for it, no natural incline towards any of the popular ones like honey, vinaigrette, mustard, greek..

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