How to Prep Kale #kale #kalerecipes #kalemassage

The Basics: How to Prepare Kale

Have you had Kale before or are you a newbie on the “Kale train” like me?  To be honest, it kinda weird-ed me out.  It reminded me of collard greens or something like that, so I tended to steer clear at all costs.  I didn’t want to eat something that had a strange texture or tasted bitter.  So when my mother-in-law told me she had this Kale Salad she wanted to make me I was a little skeptical.

The Kale definitely had a different texture to it, but to my surprise I liked it.  ALOT!  It was a little rougher than your typical romaine or spring mix.  One of my biggest pet peeves with salad is if left out for an hour or so with dressing on it, the lettuce immediately gets soggy and wilts.  Not the case with this fibrous leaf, it holds its own.  In fact, I recently made a Kale Salad and had quite a bit left over. Normally I don’t put salads in the refrigerator for leftovers but I thought I would give it a try. The salad still held up its crunch 2 DAYS later. Unheard of!  So, needless to say I am a Kale convert and you will definitely be seeing a few recipes in the near future.

One of the things I learned when making a Kale salad is that there is a way to “Prepare the Kale”.  Sure you remove it from its fibrous stem but you also massage the leaves until they are fragrant.  This makes the strong sturdy greens more tender and ready for a salad. :)

To get started, wash 1 bunch of fresh kale and pat dry. Separate the leaves from the center fibrous stem. Discard the stem.

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Tear up the leaves into bite size pieces, place in bowl and add 1 pinch of salt to the bowl.

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Massage the leaves with the salt until the leaves start to turn to a darker green and become fragrant. {about 5 minutes}

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All done!  Your kale leaves are all prepped and ready to be used!

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Please note, the massage prepping is for a salad or lighter dish in order to make the leaves tender. If you are planning on sauteing or steaming the kale you will not need to do this massage step! :)

How to Prep Kale #kale #kalerecipes #kalemassage


Lovely comments

    • says

      Awesome Tahny, I hope they find it helpful. Is kale easy to grow? I think I am addicted and would love to try and grow it, just don’t know if it will grow here in Texas. Do you cook with it alot?

    • says

      Hey that was me too girl! It is fairly simple. Once you try it, you will love it. I will probably start using it in place of lettuce, it has TONS of nutrients in it!

    • says

      Absolutely! I was super excited when I learned about it and even more after I tasted it. I just had to share the news hopefully it helps a few people out! :)

  1. Gloria says

    Whoa, there! You don’t really mean a bushel of kale, do you? My guess is you wrote down “bu.”for bunch.
    The recipe looks great, and I will try it. I had just read recently about massaging the kale, and I’m sure that’s a good idea. It can be pretty tough otherwise.

    • says

      haha… you crack me up. Wrong wording and you caught it! Thank you so much, making the change. A bushel, yes, that would be quite large and ALOT of massaging.

      It really does make it easier to eat when in a salad, and delicious. I like it better this way than cooked. :) Thanks for the heads up girl! Hope you have a great rest of the day!

  2. Barbara says

    Never have grown Kale but we planted some this winter and it’s ready to “harvest” Can you massage without the salt? Your tips are wonderful, will try this recipe tomorrow! Thanks so much!!

    • says

      Yes, absolutely. I’ve done it before. The salt is just used as a way to “scrap” the leaves to break them down. But if you just massage with your hands I’m sure you’d be able to get the same results, might just take a tad longer. :) Hope you enjoy Barbara, you’ll have to let me know how the kale takes in your garden.

  3. Kathy Berry says

    I had never had it and my husband absolutely raved about a kale dish his Mennonite grand mother used to make. He finally made contact with his 87 year old aunt who had the recipe down pat. We love it. and I guarantee it is not healthy but sooo good. Would love to share if anyone would like it.

  4. says

    Kale was in my coop food basket this week. Decided since I’m trying hard to eat better that I had better try it. However had no idea what to do or how to do it. Thanks a bunch {no pun intended}!

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

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