Our hands are the best tools in the kitchen and yet we are often one step removed from the feel and texture of the food. So here is a splendid way to dive into the sensory feedback of cooking – massaging kale. Massaging the kale makes it soft and tender to eat. This salad is so delicious, I made plenty for four people and two of us ate the whole lot for lunch!
Kale is bursting with vitamin K, A and C as well as essential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients which may help prevent cancer.
Time: 30 minutes
1 bunch of kale
1 lime, zest and juice
2 Tbs pomegranate vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 sweet apple like pink lady, cut into small pieces
2 avocados, cut into chunks
Handful of walnuts, coarsely chopped
Toast the chopped walnuts either under the grill or on the stove in a small frying pan. There is no need to use oil. Just keep an eye on the walnuts so they do not burn. Set the toasted walnuts aside on a plate to cool.
Wash and remove the stalks and ridges from the kale then thinly slice. It is easy to slice the kale if you roll it up first.
Put the kale in a big bowl and add one of the avocados and the juice of half the lime. Now with clean hands gentle massage the avocado and lime into the kale for a few minutes until the kale feels tender.
Toss in the lime zest, apple, pomegranate vinegar, and walnuts. Season with salt and pepper. If you are serving this kale salad to guests tip it into a pretty, clean bowl. Massaged kale salad is delicious accompanied with chunks of whole grain bead.