The number of kale fanatics out there seems to be on the rise. Whenever the topic of kale comes up, I often hear people exclaiming, "I just love kale!" It's popping up on restaurant menus all over the country and new products, such as baked kale chips, are debuting in grocery stores everywhere.
People are going crazy over kale for good reason. It is packed with vitamins, calcium and just one 3.5 ounce serving boasts over 75 percent of our daily recommended value of beta-carotene. Not only that, but it contains a chemical called sulforaphane that has been shown to have powerful anti-cancer properties. Kale is healthy no matter which way you prepare it but, like many vegetables, it contains the highest amount of nutrients when consumed raw.
Unlike other greens, kale actually gets more tender the colder it gets outside, so now is the time to start making and enjoying kale salads. With just a little bit of love, kale can be transformed into a healthy and delicious raw salad. Look for Tuscan kale (also known as dinosaur, lacinato or black kale) or Russian red kale as they tend to be the most delicate.
Massaging the kale and allowing it to marinate in the dressing tenderizes the leaves and makes it totally digestible and delicious.
Serves 4 as a side
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