With the new year upon us, health and fitness is likely top of mind. Taking that into consideration, I decided now would be the right time to share my addictive massaged kale salad. As the name implies, this recipe is seasonal, really tasty (like, really tasty), and good for you, too. You don’t often see the words “addictive” and “kale” in the same sentence but I’m not exaggerating with this one. I served this salad at my Christmas party last month and don’t think I’ve ever gotten so many recipe requests for such a healthy dish! The recipe today is exactly as I made it then, which is for a crowd, so feel free to scale it back to fit into your own routine. Also, I like spice and heat in my savory dishes so you might want to play with the amount of crushed red pepper in the salad dressing if you don’t. This dressing in this recipe is very similar to the one I shared in my better homemade salads post a while back and that’s because the components are still such great go-tos.
Apple cider vinegar, raw honey, oil, and herbs and spices are all it takes for an impactful and memorable flavor. The dressing is also key in setting off the texture of this salad. Lots of folks avoid kale because it has a more hardy texture than say baby spinach or butter lettuce. But it is so good for you!
I usually chop kale for a salad and use a flavorful (but not rich) dressing to get over the texture. This time, I did both then marinated the leaves in the dressing for a few hours while I got everything ready for the party. Truthfully, you only need about an hour or so but the longer you let the dressing work its magic, the softer and more palatable your kale will be. Even overnight is ok. The texture and appearance will mimic steamed or blanched greens and a couple of my party guests asked if the salad was cooked. That’s how tender it becomes. 🙂
Once you’re ready to serve, add in the remaining salad ingredients, toss, and that’s it. I hope you’ll try out this salad and love it as much as my friends and I do. You might also like my crunchy kale salad or grilled sesame chicken with arugula and beets. Thanks for reading!