Yay kale! Kale is one of my favorite vegetables.  That being said, I never ate it up to about 4 years ago.  The problem was the only way I had ever tried it was over cooked in soups or over steamed.  Kale can be very bitter when overcooked.  blah!  Then I tried raw kale.  What a revelation!  It's delicious!  In fact, I have a whole bunch of it that just sprouted in the garden.  In addition to tasting delish, it's super high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and has a bunch of calcium too.  

So if you have kale issues, give this raw salad a try and then we'll talk ; )  It's perfect to accompany just about any meal.

0001kaleRaw Kale Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Serves 6

What you'll need:

1 bunch of kale (usually 8 or 9 stalks), washed well and chopped

3 roma tomatoes, diced

2 avocados, diced


1/8 cup purple onion, finely diced

1 tbsp. kosher salt

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 

2 tbsp. agave nectar or honey

3/4 cup olive oil

What you'll do:

After you wash your kale well, pat it dry and cut the stalk off and discard.  Chop the leaves leaving them salad lettuce size pieces and place in a big salad bowl. (the leaves with reduce to about 1/3 of the size when you dress it)  Make the dressing.  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.  Taste and vary as needed.  Pour the dressing over the kale leaves and massage with your hands.  Er! Yup, get your hands in the kale and massage it like you would dough.  Do this for about a minute; you'll start to feel the kale soften.  Let the salad sit for anywhere from 7-20 minutes.  Toss in the tomatoes and avocado and serve.

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