I have several food obsessions and kale is definitely one of them. I don’t know if you are in on the massaged kale salad fad, but I am and for me it is not going away anytime soon.
Now the trick to taking this 10 minute salad over the top is really the massaging. It sounds odd but it really does help the kale absorb the dressing and helps the tough greens soften as well as lose some of their bitterness. Basically, it is totally worth the five minutes!
1 large bunch of Lacinato Kale stemmed and cut into bite size pieces**
1-2 large cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup organic lemon juice (from approximately 2 medium lemons)
A dash of kosher salt, to taste
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/3 cup croutons, crushed
**I have made this with both green and Lacinato kale
Clean and dry kale. Cut into bite size pieces and place in a salad bowl.
Combine garlic, lemon, salt and both peppers in a small bowl. Add olive oil in a steady stream while whisking to emulsify. Taste for seasoning here. Add dressing to the kale and massage with your hands for 5 minutes. Add Romano and toss.
At this point I put the salad back in the fridge to sit while I finish the rest of the meal. Letting it sit really helps intensify the flavor of the salad. Sprinkle on crushed breadcrumbs right before serving. Enjoy!