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Seasonal Recipe: Our Massage Therapist Rahel is Massaging Kale


by Rahel Kay, RMT

Kale 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!

 Rahel is available for Registered massage and reflexology appointments. Please call our front desk at 416-929-6958 to arrange your visit or submit an online appointment request form.

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