Believe it or not, kale is the new rocket showing up in the super market aisles and many restaurant menus!  Ever wondered how anyone can actually eat this stiff , woody, bitter, fibrous green? My taste buds have got used to it in the green juice blends that I slurp down each morning. As for kale chips? I have fallen hook, line and sinker! I think my taste buds are greedy for more kale.

The idea for this salad came when participants from my 12 Day Mindful Eating Challenge wanted me to share some recipes with the group. We all know what to eat and what not to eat, but many hit a wall when it comes to deciding on a nutritious recipe that is both easy to prepare and delicious. This Mediterranean Kale Salad is perfect to thaw your palate to kale’s earthy, pungent flavor. The secret sauce to making  lighter meals out of kale is massage! After washing and slicing the leaves, make sure you give a five minute rubdown  to transfer it from rough and bitter to silky and smooth. The olive oil, lemon juice and salt act as a tenderiser  to break it’s tough cellulose structure. Try a bite, if  still bitter, it needs some more sensory love! Go ahead and taste the recipe. I’m sure the rubdown has worked it’s magic to trigger a marriage proposal (if not better!) and a loving relationship with this strong  green for life.

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Mediterranean Kale Salad
Makes 4 servings
  • 2 small bunches  kale, stems removed
  • 1 carrot, peeled, spiralled or grated
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, soaked 10 minutes, drained, and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Stack the kale leaves a couple of leaves at a time, and slice . Place the kale in a mixing bowl along with the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Toss well with your hands, working the dressing into the greens. Add in the carrot. Mix well. Add the pine nuts and raisins and toss gently. Season to taste with black pepper. Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, Mediterranean Kale Salad will keep for three days. Bring to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!

 

 

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