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Crazy for Kale

March 8, 2011

Ever since my meet-up at Luna’s the other day, I’ve wanted to make a kale salad.  Well last night, I made a really delicious kale salad.

Avocado Kale Salad


1.5 cups washed and shredded kale
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup sliced cucumber
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes

Place the kale in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and soy sauce. Massage the kale with your hands until all ingredients are absorbed.  Add the avocado and continue to massage (this will form a dressing).  Add the cucumber, onion, and tomatoes. Enjoy!

I remember the very first time that I tried kale.  I wasn’t sure what to do with it and just tossed it raw (and unmassaged) into a salad.

It was…chewy.

Luckily, this didn’t scare me off from the leafy green vegetable.  I was determined to love it, and love it, I do!

Since I am lactose intolerant, it is often a challenge for me to find good sources of dairy.  As a woman, my bone health is very important to me.  I want to be able to have dance parties and rock the high heels as an old lady!

A half-cup serving of kale contains approximately 47 milligrams of calcium and a full cup contains 94 milligrams of calcium.  Not bad.

If you’re new to kale and don’t know what to make of it, try incorporating it in soups, smoothies, and juice.  You’ll hardly even notice that the leaves are in there! Kale chips are another great option (although they might be scary to newbies).

Have you tried kale before?  What is your favorite way to eat it?

After I finish this smoothie (and I am sure Michael will just love how I put his beer mug to creative use), I’m going to do a workout before tackling my inbox and doing some work.

Have a great day and don’t forget… it is the last day to enter my LUNA Bar giveaway!

  1. March 8, 2011 10:21 AM

    Hmm, this looks like a really good way to eat kale. I bought it before and didn’t really know what to do with it, so I ate it raw. Not good. I’ve only really seen recipes where the kale has been cooked or baked, so this is new! Thanks for sharing!

    • March 8, 2011 12:56 PM

      I’m glad you found it helpful. If you try the salad, let me know! You might become a kale convert. 🙂

  2. March 8, 2011 10:46 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE kale.
    It is like food for the soul.
    I have never had it massaged as of yet…I steam it lightly and of course kale chips.

    I need to get my massage on. (0:

    • March 9, 2011 7:12 AM

      Massaging your kale is a great way to get to bond with it before you eat it. 🙂 I’ve been craving kale chips for the past two days. I just might have to make them today!

  3. March 9, 2011 7:56 AM

    I still have yet to try massaged kale, even though I’ve eaten it a variety of other ways! Must do it!

    • March 9, 2011 8:06 AM

      It is actually kind of fun…in a weird way. 🙂 With this recipe, the more you massage, the creamier the dressing gets, so it is definitely worth the effort!

  4. March 9, 2011 3:17 PM

    OH I looove Kale! You are right, it is a bit chewier in the salads. Glad it didn’t scare you off! And kale chips are allllways a win. YUM! Never tried it in a smoothie, I’ve been meaning to, though! I am hooked on spinach in my smoothies 🙂 Hope your new business is coming along well!!!!

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