Better Raw Kale Salad: Massage It!

Want to take a raw kale salad from good to great? Use your fingers.

Kale makes a delicious and healthful salad green, but it can also be tough and somewhat bitter. By massaging the fibrous leaves, you can bring out their sweetness and transform them into something tender and more easily digestible. We've known people who proclaimed not to like raw kale go crazy for the massaged version.

If using a simple vinaigrette, you can massage the dressing right into the kale. You can also massage the leaves with a little bit of olive oil prior to adding other salad ingredients. Just chop up the kale, drizzle with olive oil, and use your fingers to rub the oil into the leaves. After a minute or two, you'll notice the leaves wilting and shrinking. Stop when the texture and flavor are to your liking.

Recipes to try:
Raw Kale & Pork Cheek Salad
Kale Salad with Quick-Pickled Watermelon Radish
Kale Salad with Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon
Kale Salad with Pecorino and Lemon
Kale Salad with Apricots, Avocado & Parmesan

Related: Kale of All Kinds: Curly, Dino & Russian

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Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel

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