I have a confession to make and please don’t injure yourself by falling off of your chair/couch/bed/beanbag in utter disbelief when I announce that I eat raw kale salads. That’s right. I, unlike any other vegan blogger, happily munch on the thinly shredded crucifer in uncooked form to retain its maximum nutrient content. Since no one in the online community have ever offered a how-to on massaging kale into a crunchy, delicious, and tremendously healthy salad, I thought I’d share with you
my own rendition the only recipe in existence for a raw salad featuring this green superfood.
Feel free to include basically whatever salad vegetables you like. I found that the mushrooms, avocado, walnuts, nutritional yeast, and carrots offered especially nice textures and flavors to the salad, so I do recommend you include those. If you find the harsh bite of shallots displeasing, you can place them in a bowl, cover them with water, and let sit for about 30 minutes to take the edge off.
Ali’s Massaged Kale Salad (Raw, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Soy Free)
Serves one vegan salad monster or two more modest diners.
- 4 large leaves curly green or purple kale, cut into fine chiffonade
- 8 crimini or button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large handfuls baby spinach, chopped
- 1 large carrot (about 5 oz), small-diced
- 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3 shallots or 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 oz raw walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp flax meal
In a large salad bowl, place the kale, mushrooms, avocado, salt, and lemon juice. Squeeze, massage, rub, and get nice and friendly with the vegetables until the kale begins to wilt and release some moisture, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, spinach, carrot, tomatoes, and shallots and mix again with your hands, massaging gently just to combine. Add the walnuts, nutritional yeast, and flax meal and stir to combine. Devour.
Meal Checklist: Protein—walnuts, flax, nutritional yeast. Whole Grain—none. Vegetables—mushrooms, avocado (really a fruit, but oh well), garlic, carrots, tomatoes, shallots. Leafy Greens—kale, spinach.
Comment Provoking Questions: Have you ever tried a massaged kale salad? (Obviously not, since I just came up with this recipe, previously unbeknownst to mankind.) What are you favorite vegetables to include in salads?
Until next time, Ali.