Nourishing Massaged Kale and Parsley Salad
Updated: Oct 7, 2022
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 taste buds do not. They can also help out bodies to better break them down when digesting.
And as an extra bonus, for those that really dislike kale, this salad is really balanced by the parsely and the lemony shallot dressing which does an extra bit to kick the bitterness of the greens away.
Nourising Massaged Kale and Parsely Salad
1 Cup chopped kale
1/2 Cup chopped swiss chard
1/2 Cup finley chopped parsely
1/4 Cup slivered or sliced almonds
1/4 Cup shredded vegan parmesan (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
For the dressing, finely dice the shallot and add to a small container along with the other remaining ingredients, adjusting to your taste. I recommend making this at least three hours in advance to make sure all the flavors have a chance to meld together.
Taking a kale bunch, de-stem 3-4 kale leaves by removing the leaves from the center main stem. Chop the kale into bite size pieces. Once you have done this, gently massage the leaves in your hands to break them down and then add them to a large bowl. Add in remaining salad ingredients.
Pour desired amount of dressing over the salad, top with some fresh herbs, or additional almonds and cheese and enjoy. This would also pair nicely with your favorite protein, like baked tofu or a piece of salmon.