SWEET WINTER SALAD
I started noticing recently, a new trend, people are massaging kale!
Yes according to culinary experts massaging kale yields some pleasing results. Kale is a strong leafy green. Strong enough to bake in the oven and hold up well when being sautéed. It also has a bitter taste to it. These things aside, it is extremely healthy, and an excellent choice for a salad. So, apparently massaging kale helps to minimize the bitterness and create a more smooth, easy-to-be swallowed texture for the leaves.
I’m not going to lie, as a Massage Therapist I literally felt tempted to participate in massaging kale. That, and the fact that as the weather gets colder it seemingly becomes more difficult to ingest veggies raw. Therefore I wanted to present to you, this season’s recipe that will get your hands busy.
Sweet Winter Salad
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil
- 4 teaspoons Pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
- 1 Small clove of garlic
- ¼ teaspoon Salt &Pepper
- 1 Bunch of lacinato Kale
- ½ cup Red onion, sliced thinly
- ¼ cup Raw pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup Dried cranberries
- 1 cup Roasted butternut squash
Whisk vinegar, oil, maple syrup, mustard, garlic and salt and pepper.
Rinse kale and break into pieces. In a large mixing bowl, place kale and pour on the dressing. Then with just washed hands, begin massage, gently kneading, and not breaking the kale down into a paste. Just until the leaves begin to feel a bit more silky.
As you’re doing this, add in the onion, cranberries and pumpkin seed. This way the dressing, onion and seeds will be equally spread throughout the salad.
Finally, I have written butternut squash, but any roasted seasonal vegetable will do, this could be pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, even cauliflower. Adding a roasted veggie, makes this salad more of a hearty meal that could perhaps serve as an entrée.
Hoping your season is happy and healthy!