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We aren’t alone in benefiting from massage. Kale transforms from stiff and fibrous to pliable and delicious after several minutes of vigorous kneading. It can be kneaded before or after adding the salad dressing. I prefer kneading it before.

This salad makes a perfect vegetarian meal for 4 or side dish for 8.

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Kale Salad Ingredients

Massage or knead the kale in a large bowl to soften the leaves. Remove any tough parts of the ribs that you may have overlooked.
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Kale Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2-3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Mix the kale with the dressing and refrigerate for several hours.
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Add the apple, Asian pear, daikon, scallions, strawberries and chives.
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Taste test for correct quantities of oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Scatter blackberries, nuts and seeds on top, before serving.

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Final notes:

  • This salad was inspired by Harriet Sugar Miller‘s Kale and Blueberry Salad posted on Eat and Beat Cancer.
  • The Kale Salad was a hit at my dear friend Sheryl Shuchat‘s birthday party!
  • The nutritional benefits of kale may convince you to try it even if you’ve always considered it tantamount to eating decorative savoy cabbage. It does seem to be one of the superfoods in the leafy green category. Bettcha you’ll want to eat all of this after your first bite!

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