1 cup of cooked kale has 10 times your daily Vitamin K requirement, over 3 times your daily Vitamin A requirement, and almost 90 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. This means that kale helps maintain good vision, keep your skin healthy, and prevent cancer.
Why am I giving my salad a massage?
Fresh kale has a strong and somewhat bitter flavor. Cooking kale reduces the bitterness and brings out the sweetness. If you want a fresh kale salad, you have to find a way to replicate the effects of cooking, which you can do by kneading the kale for several minutes. You can also chop fresh kale into very thin strips to use in salad.
Parmesan Kale Salad
- 2bunches (16 stems) fresh kale
- 2Tbspoil, preferably olive
- 1/2cupgrated parmesan cheese
- 2Tbsplemon juice
- pepper, to taste
- garlic powder, to taste (optional)
- Tear the leaves off the stem and shred the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place on a large tray or bowl.
- Sprinkle leaves with lemon juice, oil, and salt.
- Massage the kale for 2-3 minutes by taking bunches of leaves in your hands and rubbing them together until the kale changes color.
- Add parmesan cheese and pepper. Add garlic powder if desired. Toss to coat leaves. Refrigerate until chilled, then serve.