It’s that time of year again! It’s kale season. You might think from the way the stuff is everywhere that all year is Kale season, but it’s actually now. The magic of Kale is that it actually tastes better after the first frost. It’s a hardy bastard that laughs in the face of our harsh Canadian winters. For that I like it, but I still prefer other leafy greens like swiss chard and and beet greens for every other use, aside from this salad.
This is really for Kale lovers only. It’s not one of those salads that’s full of other flavors to distract from the kaleness of the kale, this is a salad for when you want to bring out the sweet, juicy green flavor of in-season kale. (Incidentally, is there even such a thing as a kale-lover? Some might like kale, tolerate it, crave it when they’re feeling unhealthy, or eat it because its in every recipe lately, but can anyone truly love kale?)
That all being said, this salad is delicious, easy and really fills that green hole you get sometimes in the late fall and early winter when there’s less and less local produce around. This salad even stood us in good stead on a recent bachelorette weekend when we were all too drunk to cook on the first night but I managed to throw this together and serve it up with some items that did not need cooking others had smartly brought. We ate our quick feast around a beach fire and were merry. So, so merry.
Massaged Kale Avocado Salad
You will need one avocado, half a lemon, a bunch of kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, about ¼ to ½ of a red onion, and a handful of feta.
Grab your washed kale and remove all the leafy parts from the stem parts.
Slice the leafy parts thinly. I wouldn’t worry about method too much, but I like to slice pretty thin, always leaving some bigger chunks for those who think salad is finger food.
Put your chopped kale into a bowl and toss a peeled and seeded avocado in on top of it.
Now you will have to use your hands.
Squish the avocado right into the kale. Don’t be afraid to use your elbows here, the more thoroughly you massage the kale, the better it will taste. Take your time, massage the crap out of it, and then do it some more.
Once the avocado has completely disappeared and the kale has reduced to about half its original amount, you can wash your hands and move on.
To finish the salad, add your chopped cucumber, tomato, red onion, and feta to the mix, squeeze some lemon juice on there, and liberally sprinkle with salt and pepper.
For a certain type of person (kale lover) this simple salad is the best thing ever.