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King of Greens: Fresh kale salad

Kale salad

It’s the super food of the century. Faster than a speeding multivitamin, more powerful than a handful of goji berries, able to feed an entire staff meeting from a single bowl. It’s a legume; it’s a seaweed; no, it’s kale! Our old friend and broccoli’s distant cousin. And a fine addition to any picnic or potluck. So let’s make some fresh kale salad!

Ingredients:

1 hearty heap of garden fresh organic kale from your backyard or your local farmer’s market
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Braggs® aminos
1/4 cup red onion
1/4 cup roasted pepitas

Instructions:

Recipe serves two simple meals or four lip-smacking kale salad appetizers. Prep time approximately 15 minutes. No cooking involved.

Start with one hearty bunch of kale — Tuscan, dino, curly, any variety will do. Carefully remove the leaves and tear into more-or-less bite sized squares, discarding the fibrous stalks into your nearest compost receptacle.

Mix the following in a measuring cup:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Braggs® aminos

Then add roughly 1/4 cup of minced red onion, to taste. Let the onions soak in the juices for about 10 minutes if you want to take the edge off of the raw onion flavor.

Pour the dressing over the bite-sized strips of kale and massage gently and evenly until the kale feels tender. NOTE: it is important to actually massage the kale, rubbing and squeezing with your hands to really get the oil and lemon juice in there and soften up the leaves.

Finally, sprinkle with roasted pepitas and call it done. You can add a pinch of salt and pepper, but it’s really unnecessary. You can also add other salad toppings, depending on what’s in season. Our summertime kale salad often has fresh tomatoes and avocado.

Mothers have reported that “the teenagers just devour it!” But rest assured, ordinary children and adults clearly crave it as well. In fact, kale’s widespread appeal could very well exceed your wildest expectations.

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Fred Hornaday once considered writing poetry for a living, but then thought better of it. Contact him with your questions and comments at hornadaytoday@gmail.com.

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