- Softens texture
- Make it sweeter
- Mellows the bitter flavor
Massaging kale is quick, simple, and effective. Whether you’re making a raw salad or baking crispy kale chips, giving your kale a quick rub down will make it more palatable.
The trick to massaging kale is to add a little olive oil (avocado and lemon work too!) and squeeze bunches in your hands. The dull green color will get brighter as you break the cell walls. This releases enzymes that split apart the compounds that make kale taste bitter.
Here is one of the quickest and easiest techniques for getting kale off the stem, softened up, and ready to eat!
Step 1: Peel the leaves off the stem. Hold the stem in one hand and the leaves in another. Pull your hands away from one another.
Step 2: Break the pieces up and squeeze lemon on the leaves.
Step 3: Use your hands to squeeze the leaves. Repeat for 2-3 mins.
At the end of 2-3 mins, kale should be brighter and darker.
Step 4: Enjoy on a salad or with some Spicy Kale Crisps! Click here for the recipe!