Hale Kale Salad
This is the basic recipe for a delicious and quick kale salad. You can of course add other ingredients (unless you want them to be mashed in, add them after you have completed the basic recipe). Some of my favorite additions are sprouted wild rice, tomatoes, seaweed, mung bean sprouts, and tahini. Yummy - I'm getting hungry just thinking about them!
- 1 bunch kale leaves
- 1 medium avocado
- Juice of 1 medium lemon (about 1/2 cup)
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- To prepare the kale leave: Holding a kale leaf by the stem with one hand, wrap your other hand around the leaf up near the stem with your thumbnail exerting a slight pressure on the stem.
- Glide your thumbnail down the stem, separating the leaf from the stem; once you get the technique, it's a snap. Using this technique, deleaf one bunch of kale leaves into a large bowl.
- Now, reach in and grab a handful of kale leaves and rip them into pieces. Continue this motion repeatedly until you have ripped all the leaves into small bite-sized pieces (you don't want the pieces to be too big because they could catch in the throat while you are swallowing or may just be unappetizing).
- Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. With a spoon, scoop out each avocado half onto the kale leaves. Add the lemon juice, cayenne, and salt to taste.
- Okay, now comes the fun part. Remember how I talked before about having a relationship with your food? Well, here is a chance to develop a very tactile and immediate bond! I want you to get down and dirty. Reach into that bowl and start mashing the mixture with your hands. Squeeze the avocado between your fingers. Mash it all up until you have all the kale bits coated in a lovely creamy sauce. (If no one is looking you might even go ahead and lick that tasty dressing off your hands when you're done.)
Excerpted from the book Raw Food for Real People: Living Vegan Food Made Simple by the Chef and Founder of Leaf Organics © 2009 by Rod Rotondi. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA.