"MASSAGE YOUR KALE!"
I just read a great article about kale in my local newspaper, by L.A. food editor Russ Parsons, that I just had to share!
As we all know kale is valued for it's many healthy nutrients. It is often in the lists of top 10 healthiest foods you can eat. one cup contains more than 5 grams of fiber,134 milligrams of calcium, the daily requirements for Vitamins A and C, and all this for a mere 43 calories! That is why I was so excited to read this new simple way to enjoy raw kale.
The solution is remarkably simple: Give it a massage! This actually causes the kale to taste sweet.
Trim your kale to bite size pieces for your salad. Grab bunches of it in both hands and squeeze, rub them together and repeat. It is almost like kneading bread dough. After a couple of minutes you will be surprised at the difference. The tough cellulose breaks down, causing the kale to wilt, turn darker and shrink. Massage a little longer until the flavor changes also. The sweet green flavor you usually only get by cooking will be obvious. The massaged greens have such a wonderful texture and flavor you will not need as much salad dressing.
Try this soon for the perfect boost of nutrition and taste for your favorite salad.