You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Recipes Vegan Recipe: Make-You-Sigh Massaged Kale Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts Vegan Recipe: Make-You-Sigh Massaged Kale Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts by tanyas January 26, 2013, 6:00 am 4 Comments Don’t tell the other greens, but kale is my favorite! Packed with iron, calcium, beta carotene, vitamins, potassium, and healthful phytochemicals, it’s also one of the most versatile leafy green veggies around. If you haven’t tried massaged kale yet, well, you’re just cheating yourself! The rubdown removes the sharp ‘cabbage-y’ flavor, and magically transforms kale into the perfect raw salad green. This salad comes together quickly, and packs a nutritional power-punch — while making your taste buds keel over (er, kale over?) from happiness! Ingredients 1 bunch curly green kale, about 8 -10 large leaves (washed well, stems removed, and leaves cut or torn into bite-size pieces) 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 oz. (about 2 tablespoons) pine nuts 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, to taste 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, to taste) Directions Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, shaking or stirring very frequently, for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned. Set aside. In a large bowl, sprinkle kale with salt, and drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Toss well, then rub kale leaves between your palms for 1-2 minutes until softened and pliable. Crush toasted pine nuts with mortar and pestle, spice grinder, or blender. Add crushed pine nuts, cayenne, and nutritional yeast to massaged kale. Toss to combine, adjust seasonings to taste, and serve immediately. Production Notes Massaged kale salads are perfect for make-ahead lunches or pot-luck salads, since they won’t get wilty like spinach or other softer greens. To use this salad as a make-ahead dish, chill in an airtight container for up to 2 days, adding the crushed pine nuts just before serving. For tasty variations, try adding some diced avocado, slivered red bell pepper, sliced black olives, or capers when you stir in the pine nuts. If this recipe whets your appetite for greens, and you’d like more ideas for amazing things to do with kale (and every other leafy green your garden grows!), check out Nava Atlas’ excellent cookbook Wild About Greens. Enjoy! Image credit: Creative Commons photo by daveeza. See more Previous article The Incredible, Edible, Perfectly-Cooked, Soft-Boiled Egg Next article Reader Recipe: Sweet Potato, Corn, and Kale Chowder 4 Comments Leave a Reply i share your deep, passionate love for massaged kale salads! they are mmm-yum delish. the deliciousness of pine nuts added to that mix might be too much for me, make me pass out in a happy delirium or something. can’t wait to find out.. thanks for the tip! Reply 🙂 Reply Oh my – this certainly has my taste buds all a-tingle! Kale is my all-time favorite green – though I have been branching out with a degree of success with collards and turnip greens recently. I only recently discovered the joys of massaged kale salads, and this sounds absolutely delish! Reply I am still angry that I wasn’t told about massaged kale sooner — how is it that for so many years, I WAS NOT TOLD?! 😉 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.