Ahhh, January. That month where I seek out anything green and try to repent for damages done during the holiday season. Let me tell you, I’ve done some damage. This kale salad makes me feel so much better.

Massaged Kale Salad with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate | @tasteLUVnourish

We all know just how nutritious kale can be, but its tough texture can turn some people off. I get it. But, did you know, that just a five minute rub down with some olive oil could turn those tough leaves into a tender and more delicate salad? It’s pretty amazing. The longer you massage, the more the leaves will break down, become soft and actually absorb the flavors of the olive oil and lemon.

Massaged Kale Salad with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate | @tasteLUVnourish

I love the combination of the salty and buttery Parmesan with the freshness of lemon and bursts of juicy pomegranate. You won’t feel like you’re in detox-mode eating this. Besides, it’s just so pretty. Happy New Year!

Massaged Kale Salad with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate | @tasteLUVnourish

Massaged Kale Salad with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate | @tasteLUVnourish

Massaged Kale Salad with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate | @tasteLUVnourish

Massaged Kale Salad with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate | @tasteLUVnourish

Massaged Kale Salad with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate | @tasteLUVnourish

Massaged Kale Salad with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate
Serves: 4
 
You'll love how tender kale can be with this simple method. Vegan friendly and gluten-free.
Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch kale, leaves stripped from stalks and torn
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • two pinches fine sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Parmesan, grated (omit to keep this vegan)
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ⅓ cup pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. Spread the kale leaves on your largest baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon and sprinkle on the sea salt. Massage the oil into the leaves for several minutes. The leaves will begin to darken, shrink a bit and soften. Taste test and continue massaging until the leaves have softened to your preference.
  2. Top with black pepper, Parmesan shavings, pine nuts and pomegranate arils.
  3. This salad keeps well for about two to three days in the fridge without becoming soggy.

 

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