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Just like kneading dough makes bread airy and light, massaging kale breaks down its fibrous structure, mellowing out its robust flavor and giving it a softer, more palatable texture.
So, if you’ve been on the fence about this leafy green, or if you’re just looking to elevate your kale salad game, understanding the art of the massage can be your kitchen game-changer. Let’s dive in and dig into the magic that is kale!
The first step to the best-massaged kale is choosing the right type. Lacinato kale, often known as Dino or Tuscan kale, takes the cake. It’s sweet, tender, and prime for a good massage.
Don’t just go with any olive oil, aim for greatness! Opt for organic, cold-pressed, and supremely fresh olive oil. My go-to? @freshpressfarms. Their olive oil is not just ethically sourced and sustainably packed, but it also boasts a flavor that’ll make your tastebuds dance.
For that zesty punch, nothing works better than fresh-squeezed lemon juice. It really makes a difference, trust me.
Now for the fun part! Drizzle your choice olive oil and lemon juice over the kale. Roll up your sleeves and start massaging. Rub, scrunch, and knead until the kale turns darker, softer, and beautifully tender. Within minutes, you’ve transformed this green leafy veggie from tough and bitter to soft and delicious.
And here’s a nifty tip: if you’re not into using oil you can substitute it with tahini, mashed avocado, or vegan yogurt work!
Also, for those of you who have my *The Clean Vegan Cookbook*, yes, this technique’s the same one on page 80! So go ahead and give this a whirl, and I guarantee kale will go from being “that rough leaf in the salad” to the star of your plate. If you have any questions at all feel free to comment down below!
Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa.
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