Massaged kale salad has been a thing for a couple years now. Basically you tenderize the kale by physically massaging it with your hands, plus an acid, a fat, or some salt. It's fun and messy. I made a massaged kale salad a while back with beautiful fresh pineapple and tomatoes. The acid from the pineapple and tomatoes tenderized the kale, and the fruit basically formed the dressing.
This time I knew I wanted to use a tahini-based dressing. I had seen a yummy-sounding kale salad on Choosing Raw, with a dressing made from soaked cashews. I can't have cashews in the house because they (and most nuts) are like crack to me, but for some reason I am OK with tahini. I started to type "massaged kale" into Google, and it suggested "massaged kale tahini dressing" as a search option, so clearly I am not the first person, or the five hundredth, to think of this combination.
I used the first dressing recipe that came up, minus the cilantro. I liked the idea of combining tahini with white miso (mmm, umami), and I had all the ingredients in the house. I put everything in my mini food processor and whipped it up in less than a minute. Here's what I did next:
|First, I had to give some kale to the cat, so he would leave me alone and let me cook. He loves greens.|
|This is what the kale looks like right out of the package. The leaves are about the same size as baby spinach.|
Next, I mixed in a little dressing and massaged the kale some more:
Then I let the salad rest while I prepared the rest of dinner, which was basically the same leftover dry chickpea curry and brown basmati rice we've been eating all week.
|Here's my dinner plate. I drizzled some extra dressing on the kale. Om nom nom.|
If you've made massaged kale salads before, what is your favorite dressing?