Kale salad can be very versatile and so easy to throw together. Kale is one of those leafy greens that most people don’t like at first but then it grows on you. And I’m going to give you a tip that will make it much more palatable. Even my pickiest eater ate my kale salad last night and even went back for seconds.
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and cauliflower. I typically choose curly kale which is probably the most popular variety. It is easy to find and relatively budget-friendly organic kale ready-to-use in large bags at the grocery store. There are many types of kale so pick what looks good to you and figure out what you like best.
Kale is also one of the most nutritious leafy greens. It is loaded with Vitamins K, A, C and manganese. It is also a good source of calcium, the mineral copper, B6 and potassium and is chocked full of phytonutrient antioxidants. Not much of anything bad I can say about kale!
I prefer to remove the stems from kale especially when I am using it fresh and not cooked. I typically like my vegetables crispy but kale stems are too thick to be enjoyable to me. Know that the stems have quite a bit more fiber than the leaves so if you’re looking for fiber, leave the stems in your salad.
The trick I’m going to share with you, I learned from my friend Lisa. She texted me one day and asked if I knew that I needed to massage my kale leaves before serving. I’m pretty sure I laughed when I read her text but you know what? She was right! If you massage the leaves with the dressing, it softens them and takes the bitterness out of your kale. I will never eat kale without massaging my leaves! And I bet you won’t either.
I am leaving this salad up to your own interpretation. Depending on what I am serving it with, I select my vinegar and the additions I make to it. Most often, I make my selections and lean toward more of a sweet flavor but sometimes make it savory. I love adding fresh berries and the crunch of sliced almonds or toasted pecans. Play with it and see what your family likes best!