Massaged Kale Salad

One of the shows that I enjoy watching is Next Food Network Star. I thought they sent Brad home too early, and I was really starting to like Tom towards the end. I wasn’t surprised when Aarti won because I had seen it on Food Network Humor that FoodNetwork.com had leaked the winner. I decided to watch Aarti’s first episode to see how it went. When I saw her make this massaged kale salad, I was intrigued. And, since kale is something I’ve never made at home, this recipe would help me get something done off my 30 by 30 list.

I’m sure I’ve had kale in entrees when eating out, but like I said, I have definitely never bought it or done anything with it at home. I grabbed a big bunch at the farmers market and gave this recipe a shot. Hubby said that his mom used to make kale when he was young and he never liked it, so he was a bit apprehensive about trying this salad.

I’m sure you’re wondering how it was? It was delicious! Hubby said it was the best kale he’d ever had. The kale had a great flavor. It reminded me of a really hearty spinach flavor. The lemony vinagrette and the mango chunks provide a great brightness and sweetness to the salad.

AND, the best thing about this salad is that it keeps in the fridge! We had it the first night as a side dish with some Peppery Lemon Brown Sugar Salmon and the next day we both had some in our lunches. It didn’t get super soggy like a dressed lettuce salad would.

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Massaged Kale Salad

Yield: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale, stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons honey
Freshly ground black pepper
1 mango, diced small
Small handful toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Directions:

In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.

Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve.

Recipe from Aarti Sequeira

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10 Responses to “Roasted Beets, Turnips, and Carrots”

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    SHERRY MURPHY — February 7, 2013 at 5:40 am

    fig vinegar? i am assuming this is the balsamic vinegar?

    • beantownbaker — February 7th, 2013 @ 6:34 am

      I fixed the recipe to be consistent. Any dark flavored vinegar that you enjoy would be perfect in this recipe.

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    Hani@haniela's — February 7, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    This dish sounds delicious, I love roasting veggies.

    • beantownbaker — February 8th, 2013 @ 10:14 am

      Me too. In fact it’s pretty much the only way I prepare veggies…

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    Liz @ EatingPlaces — February 10, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I love roasted veggies, especially beets! Looks beautiful.

    • beantownbaker — February 11th, 2013 @ 11:21 am

      Beets are one of my favorites too. Can you believe I had never had one until a couple years ago?!?

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    Mike — October 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I used 4 tbs butter and 4 tbs olive oil.
    Tossed vegatables, oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, 2 tsp or so dry sage and 2 tsp or so dry rosemary in large bowl and then spread on two baking sheets.
    Roasted for 30 minutes and then rotated cooking sheets in oven and roasted for another 30 minutes. No stirring required

    Added 4 smoked Polish sausages cut into 1″ pieces for last 30 minutes.

    Next time I will line cooking sheets with foil to make cleanup simpler.

    A real keeper!!

    • beantownbaker — October 28th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      What a great addition with the sausages!!

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    Zanne — March 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I had a beet that was wasting away in the fridge and a lonely turnip too. So I added them and 2 large carrots, all peeled and chunked, into a baking dish. Topped with 2 Tbsp sliced butter, coated with 2 tsp dried sage, half tsp rosemary, salt & pepper. After 1 hour in the oven, stirred, splashed with apple cider vinegar, and served. Very satisfying, and a nice accompaniment to roast chicken. Thanks for sharing!

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