Kale is delicious, but you’ll also notice that, when raw, it can be very tough and bitter. I’ll show you how to massage kale so you can make delicious salads with tender kale leaves!
People are making everything with kale, especially salads. Like, all types of kale salads. Seriously. And it it soooo good. Yup, I love kale, obviously! Plus, it’s super good for you.
But…when raw, it can be so tough and bitter! Most people probably don’t think about prepping it so it can be used appropriately in salads. Well…by massaging kale (YES! MASSAGING!), you can get super tender and delicious kale leaves, perfect for a light salad.
Benefits of Massaging Kale
- It softens and tenderizes kale leaves by breaking down tough fibers
- It reduces the bitterness of raw kale and brings out great natural flavors
Below I’ll show you how to massage and soften kale. Alright, time to go make a kale salad!
How to Massage Kale
Massaging kale tenderizes the leaves, making them perfect for a healthy and great salad.
- 1 bunch kale
- 2 to 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (to taste)
- A generous drizzle of olive oil
- A pinch of salt
Remove stems from leaves. Discard stems.
Chop kale leaves and place in a large bowl.
Add a generous drizzle of olive oil and about 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice. If you want more acidity, you can add another teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice, to taste. Add a pinch of salt.
Massage with your hands for 1-2 minutes, until softened and tender. You'll notice that the kale will reduce. Make sure you don't massage for too long, or it will become mushy.
Now, your kale is ready to be used for salads. Try my Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing! Enjoy!