Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds

Have you guys tried massaged kale salads yet? Just over a year ago, I made my first one. It was the first time I had ever even eaten kale. Since that first massaged kale salad, we’ve been eating them a LOT. You can throw almost anything in a kale salad and it’s going to be good. And the best part is that once the kale salad is dressed, it doesn’t get all soggy and nasty like a dressed lettuce salad.

This massaged kale salad with pear and pumpkin seeds has been packed in my lunch box regularly for the past couple of weeks. I get a big bag of kale on Sunday and whip out 5 salads, one for each day of the week. I love the crunch from the pear and the subtle aroma of the nutmeg in the salad. (Also, I prefer to use red pears, but when I just put pears on the list, Hubby grabbed the ones in the photos. Any kind of pear will work here)

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Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds

Yield: Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

1 large (16 oz) bag Kale
3-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 ripe avocado
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
5 Tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 red pears, chopped

Directions:

In large serving bowl, add the kale, lemon juice, and olive oil (start with just 3 Tbsp, add the last if you need it). Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the avocado and continue to massage with your hands.

Season with salt and nutmeg. Taste kale and reseason if necessary.

Mix in the pumpkin seeds and pears. Serve or store in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

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6 Responses to “Chicken and Artichokes in Wine Sauce”

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    Tiffany — June 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I have that cookbook! I have been very pleased with the recipes that I’ve made from there. This one sounds great.

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    Coconut Recipes — June 25, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Love artichokes, this sounds great.

    -Sarah.j.s.

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    Julie — June 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I’m sure I would love this, the flavors all sound wonderful together 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — June 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love the idea of picking a new recipe once a week. I know my other and half and I try to do the same too. It’s all to easy to eat the same food over and over again.

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    Kerstin — June 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I love mushrooms and artichokes – looks like such a perfect way to enjoy chicken! I try to make one new recipe every week too.

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    Val — June 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Your blog is amazing, You food looks divine and your photography is outstanding!!!

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