I'll raise my hand as being among the kale massagers. As Emily pointed out in her post on making a better kale salad, I find that rubbing the dressing into the raw leaves helps to soften them up and makes sure the whole salad is well-seasoned. Tossing them like a normal salad just leaves a puddle of vinaigrette at the bottom of the bowl and a bunch of tough tasteless leaves on my fork.
I wonder if it's the term "massaging" that turns people off? It does sound a little...foodie pretentious, to be sure. I could also see how sticking your bare hands in a bowl of salad greens could also seem a little crazy at first!
How do you feel about massaging your kale? Yay or nay?
(Image: Megan Gordon)