Post-Thanksgiving Recovery

Hello All!
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving feast.  I know I did!

Food on the day after Thanksgiving usually consists of leftovers.  I get that!  I don't know about you, but sometimes, my tummy is just on overload by the end of the day.  I want something crisp and fresh and light.  Enter-Massaged Kale.  

This is probably my favorite veggie/salad meal.  I eat it weekly at least.  I sit down and eat an entire head of kale because I can't stop.  It is my version of Pringles.  Once I pop, I CAN'T STOP!!

How to make it?  Clean a head of kale and rip it into bite-sized pieces.
Mix together olive oil and Apple Cider Vinegar at a 3:1 ratio.  For 1 head of kale, I use 3 T EVOO, 1 T ACV.  Also, add salt to taste. 
Whisk it up and pour it onto the kale.  Here is the important part.  Get in there with your hands.  Make sure each kale piece is rubbed up with dressing.  The leaves will turn into a deeper green color when they are adequately massaged.  I know it seems like extra work, but that is what makes it so delicious.  It softens the leaves and helps them absorb the flavor.  The whole head only takes me a minute or 2, so its not that much more work, anyway.
See that nice, deep green?  It is SO GOOD.  I eat it like potato chips, literally not stopping until it is empty.  

Hopefully this will help you enjoy all the post-Thanksgiving leftovers without feeling overwhelmed.

This post is also featured at A Moderate Life's Hearth and Soul Tuesdays, Tuesday Twister, and Meatless Mondays at Midnight Maniac!

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  1. Sounds like just what I needed after the feast! I was hungry for something but definitely needed light vs heavy. Thanks for a great recipe and for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  2. Great idea. I always thought kale needed cooking, though I do take munches while preparing, so....?

  3. @Claudia-
    I actually invented this while making kale chips. I tasted one to make sure it was well-seasoned, and couldn't stop making them! Now I rarely make the chips, but have the salad weekly. Massaging the dressing onto the leaves seems to break them down a bit, and turns them into the bright green color.

  4. Brilliant! What are "kale chips?" I have lots of kale in the garden and am always looking for ideas. :)