Saturday, April 30, 2016

Massaged Kale Salad #Recipe @Peg Cochran

I first read about the concept of "massaging" kale in the Huffington Post. It's not as kinky as it sounds--trust me, this is a G rated recipe!  Since I am always looking for new ways to get my husband to like kale, I decided to give it a try.  Ingredients are simple:

Bunch of kale
Olive oil - a tablespoon or two
Salt

First you need to remove the tough center stems from the kale.  The easiest way to do this is to fold the leaf in half and run your knife down the stem.  Then while the leaf is folded in half, you can slice across it to make salad-sized pieces.



 Kale stripped of its stems and cut into bite-sized pieces.  
This is pre-massage.  It looks a little tense, doesn't it?

Place your cut up kale in a salad bowl.  Add approximately one tablespoon of olive oil (quantity depends on how big your bunch of kale is.)  Add a sprinkling of salt to taste then begin the massage!  Rub the pieces of kale between your fingertips.  As you rub, you will notice the leaves become silkier and less "scratchy" to the touch.  Continue until you have massaged all of the leaves--it will take a couple of minutes.  The kale should be soft and silky and taste almost sweet.


 Ahhhhh.   Doesn't that kale look more relaxed now?  
This is the salad post-massage. 

Serve as is or add a dash of your favorite vinegar.


GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the release of Berry the Hatchet, the second book in my Cranberry Cove series, I am giving away one copy to someone who leaves a comment below!



The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year.

But it’s the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.


51 comments:

  1. The book sounds fabulous; and I love this salad recipe! EMS591@aol.com

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  2. Excellent idea !!! Now no one in my family will have a reason to complain about the otherwise bitterness of kale .... Looking forward to trying this.

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  3. Interesting. I have not heard this before. Going to try this! Looking forward to the book as well!

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  4. I'll have to try this. I'm the only one in my family who will eat kale.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  5. Looks like a great read! Zeta at iwon (.) com

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  6. Thank you for this chance! I have to try this kale trick. The book sounds great! areewekidding@Yahoo.com

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  7. I've heard of massaging kale before but have never tried it...but will certainly give it a squeeze soon! Thanks for the chance to win!!!
    kimdavishb (at) gmail (dot) com

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  8. Never heard of this, usually have Kale mixed in something.
    Sjgolding@sbcglobal.net

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  9. I always do this and it works great. Brings out the bright green colour

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  10. This recipe looks delectable and so enticing. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Kale is wonderful and we eat kale daily in salads and with fish. Love it. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Thanks for the new way to prepare kale -- can't wait to try it, and it would probably be delicious with some dried cranberries added! Thanks for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  13. I had to laugh when I read massaging kale, I will have to try this. I usually throw some in smoothies when I make them, you don't taste it but still get all the good stuff.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  14. What beautiful kale. It's like the rainbow Swiss chard with the stem color.

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  15. Loved the first book and this new one sounds great too! And the salad sounds delicious :) thanks for the recipe!

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  16. Berry the Hatchet sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of it.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  17. I admit I don't like kale but this sounds interesting so will try it but I don't think it will work for me. Ruth Nixon ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  18. Thank you! nelson_we at yahoo dot com

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  19. Thank you! nelson_we at yahoo dot com

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  20. Thank you for the giveaway and the salad recipe, always love those
    ofhp@att.net

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  21. I just set up my porch for my spring/ summer reading - would love this to add to my cozy mystery pile! :)

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  22. Very enticing cover!!
    njcar22@aol.com

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  23. Will definitely try to massage our kale the next time. We are beginning to cultivate a taste for it. I really enjoyed Berried Secrets . Thanks for the chance to win Berry the Hatchet. Preferred email: maforbes231@yahoo.com

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  24. I just love reading cozy mysteries. Thank you for the chance to win.
    angelbear19662000@yahoo.com
    Mary Fidler

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  25. The recipe sounds/looks delicious. Your book is on my "wish list". servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  26. I've only ever bought the bagged frozen kale. Its not so popular where I live. But I'm tempted to give this a try. Definitely wanting to pick up your book too. lol
    jandeplus3 @ live.com

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  27. I'm not a kale kind of person, but, I do give a great massage to humans! Peg, I loved Berried Secrets and cannot wait to read this one! Thank you for a chance to win!

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  28. I loved the first book.
    tiggernelsie@yahoo.com

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  29. This Vegan approves your Kale massage ;)
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark@yahoo.com

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  30. This Vegan approves your Kale massage ;)
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark@yahoo.com

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  31. Love the popping of the cranberries! And now I'm wondering about a kale 'n' cranberry salad. Hmm....

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