Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Massaged Kale Salad

I first got word of this salad from Ali Moussalli of Frog Bottom Farm, who looked straight into my eyes and practically grabbed my hand when he was telling me about it. Ali is one of the most laid back people I know, so of course, this emphatic turn was intriguing. How DO you eat raw kale?

Cut the kale into ribbons, sprinkle olive oil and salt, then massage everything together for a few minutes- until the kale darkens. Then you have a base for a hearty fall salad. The best thing about this salad is that these greens can hold up to stronger flavors like sesame oil, and ume plum vinegar or tahini- ones that mere lettuce just could not handle.

I loved it with avocado and tomato, but Frog Bottom has several variations on their blog. I am sure you'll dig one!


  1. mmmm, thanks for planning dinner tonight :)

  2. Awesome! I eat kale salad raw-food-style about once a week... I always massage with lemon & Celtic salt & sometimes add oil, sometimes not. My favorite lately is to have it with pumpkin seeds & red pepper! Tiff