I have really been struggling with liking kale which bums me out as you can’t turn on a television food show or pick up a recipe magazine without hearing the word kale. Plus, it’s a superfood. I really believe that people who eat kale are beautiful; true story, I’ve seen it first hand. So, I’ve been on a mission to find a way to like kale. One of my closest friends, Paula, was kind enough to bring a homemade dinner to our house last month and one of the dishes was a simple raw kale dressed in a very simple dressing. I admit it, I was nervous. I mean, I HAD to try it as she was nice enough to bring it right? Well, low and behold, she made me a kale lover! Well, at least for kale prepared this way. Here’s her no-longer-a-secret method.
1 16 oz bag of kale, pre-washed and trimmed with the big stems removed. Most bagged kale in the store comes this way.
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon
Put the kale into a very large bowl (I actually have to divide it into 2 bowls so I have room to groove the kale around). Drizzle the olive oil over the kale (I go about 3-4 turns around the bowl). Juice the lemon over the top. Sprinkle with garlic powder and kosher salt. Get in there with your hands and really work the ingredients onto the kale by massaging the ingredients into it. The kale has a tough, thick texture and by really using your fingers to massage it, the oil and the lemon juice get into the greens, breaking it down a bit and softening it.
After it’s all mixed, place all of the kale into one large bowl, cover and refrigerate. It needs at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator but I’ve found the longer it’s in the fridge the softer and tastier it becomes. It is just wonderful to snack on by itself! It could also be made into a beautiful summer salad adding some fresh strawberries, mandarin oranges, red onion and toasted pine nuts.
And yes, Paula is beautiful; and she eats kale, my theory stands. Try it and see for yourself!!