This salad happens to be one of my weekly staples. Its just so good, and I never seem to get sick of it.
Kale is super nutrient dense and one of the best ways to get some powerful antioxidants into your system. Its a great source of calcium keeping your bones and teeth strong. Its rich in beta carotene and vitamin A, helping to keep your skin glowy and your hair shiny (actually it helps to keep all of the bodies tissues healthy not just the pretty ones) And its also a good source of iron, which a lot of vegetarians are deficient in. Iron helps us to maintain healthy red blood cell levels which keep our energy levels up and stamina at its best.
The trick to massaged salads, is that they help break down some of the coarseness and bitterness of all those dark nutrient dense leafy greens, that our bodies crave, but sometimes our tongues do not. They can also help out bodies to better break them down when digesting.
And as an extra bonus, for those of you who really dislike kale, this salad is really centered around the lemony shallot dressing which does an extra bit to kick the bitterness of the greens away.
Massaged Kale and Arugula Salad
1 Cup chopped kale
1 Cup chopped arugula
1/4 Cup slivered or sliced almonds
1/4 Cup shredded vegan cheese (I like Follow Your Heart Brand)
Lemon Shallot Dressing
1 Large shallot finely diced
6 Tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp champagne vinegar
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
Taking a kale bunch, de-stem 3-4 kale leaves by removing the leaves from the center main stem. Once you have done this, gently massage the leaves in your hands to break them down. Once massaged, chop the kale into bite size pieces and place it in a large bowl. Add in remaining salad ingredients.
For the dressing, finely dice the shallot and add to a small container along with the other remaining ingredients, adjusting to your taste.
Pour desired amount of dressing over the salad, top with some fresh herbs, or additional almonds and cheese and enjoy.