Another massaged kale salad recipe? Really? Actually, no, not just another m/k/s but the first one I've ever made myself. Like you, I've eaten many m/k/s's and marveled at how delicious they were, every one of them, mainly due to the perfect texture and eatability of the kale. Well the secret to that tasty tenderness, as many of you already know, is to give your kale a brief, Swedish-type massage prior to composing your salad.
Basically you put your kale, de-ribbed and torn to small pieces, or use the Earthbound Farms organic mixed baby kale that I found FOR 99 CENTS AT THE 99 CENTS STORE, OH NO YOU DIDN'T, in a bowl. Lightly drizzle with oil/citrus/seasalt and massage with both hands for about 2-3 minutes (baby kale goes limp pretty quickly). Then place the relaxed leaves in a serving bowl to await the embellishments.
(For your musical pleasure while massaging your kale, here's Tommy Dorsey & his orchestra:: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-JDUnZv1N0&feature=related
Pixie Tangerine & Massaged Kale Salad
4 cups baby kale
11/2 Tbs. olive oil
1 1/2 Tbs. pixie tangerine juice (these babies are super juicy)
2 pinches seasalt
2-3 pixie tangerines, peeled and sliced into circles
4 red pearl onions, blanched, peeled, cut in half
1/4 cup raw, blanched, slivered almonds
1/3 cup roasted chickpeas* (optional)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. pixie tangerine juice
pinch of seasalt
2 pinches ground cumin
1. Massage your kale as instructed above in paragraph 3 and place in serving bowl or platter.
2. Embellish kale with juicy slices of pixie tangerines, sliced salty black olives, and red pearl onions.
3. Sprinkle almonds and chickpeas, aka faux croutons, over the salad.
4. Drizzle with additional dressing.
P.S. I sure hope all my links work.