Firstly, for anyone wondering why in the world anyone would massage kale, let me enlighten you. Rubbing kale with salt draws out the bitterness, letting it be more delicious if eaten raw. (Similar to salting and draining eggplant to remove bitterness.)
I had been wanting to try making a raw kale salad for awhile now, I have had a similar salad at a salad bar before and it was lovely. I looked at several recipes, and they were all dead easy. Some are really simple with just lemon juice, olive oil, and salt, and some are jazzed up with blue cheese and raisins. For my first try I decided to go halfway. I added the sweet dates and apples to counteract any sharpness in the kale and vinegar and it worked out lovely.
This is actually my third raw recipe (I previously made raw donut holes and a raw broccoli salad), I have liked each and every one, although it is not a lifestyle I would want to tackle. Has anyone else tried any raw recipes?
Massaged Kale Salad Recipe with Apple and Dates(serves 2)
Wash the kale and spin or pat it dry. Remove the stems and discard. Chop the kale into thin strips about 1/4-1/2″ long and put in a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and massage with your hands for 1-2 minutes. The kale should start to release a green liquid. Allow to sit for a few minutes while you prep the other ingredients.
Wash the apple and chop it into thin slices. Remove the seeds from the dates and cut into quarters lengthwise. Chop pieces into 1/4″ bite size morsels.
Using a paper towel squeeze any excess liquid out of kale and transfer to a salad bowl, toss with apple and dates, drizzle with oil and vinegar and season with pepper. Taste and correct with acid, salt and pepper.