Massaged Kale Salad with Figs and Goats Cheese


Kale salads are (and have been for a while) at the core of my diet.  For years I only used kale as a way to add iron to my omelettes or stir fry’s, but I was massively missing out.  There are heaps of different recipes on line for massaged kale salads (I know massaging your kale sounds odd) but there’s a reason so many people do it and it’s not because we’re all crazy, it’s because it really does make the perfect portable lunch.  By kneading, which is probably a better word, the kale with a dressing you break down the cell walls and it becomes soft, chewy and buttery.  In-fact the longer you leave it, the nicer it becomes which is a lot more enjoyable than using spinach for the base of your salad which can wilt or go soggy by the time you take it out for lunch the next day.  After experimenting with a few different condiments I created the dressing and now I just change what I put with it to add flavours, colours and textures.  I could  actually just eat the kale on it’s own, which I do if I’ve not eaten well for whatever reason and just want greens, greens and more greens.  For crunch I’ll add some seeds such as hemp, pumpkin or sesame.  For sweetness I’ll add fresh or dried fruit, and for bulk I’ll add wintery vegetables or some form of fish for protein.  I do the majority of my food shopping online now (mainly so I know were I am with meals and money) and 500g of this leafy green go into my basket every week.  This is usually the perfect amount to then be able to prepare salads for lunch while I’m working Tuesday to Saturday.

You could say this meal gets repetitive at times but because there are so many health benefits to it, including the benefits of being easy and cheap to make, it will stay as one of my staples.

2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

4 handfuls of kale (de-stalk)
Goats cheese
Dried or soft figs

Not sure that putting all of this together constitutes as a recipe method but hey ho.  Combine all of the dressing ingredients together in a mixing bowl and mix until it becomes a paste.  In a separate bowl de-stalk the kale.  Pour over the dressing and massage into the kale (this stage is actually very therapeutic) and must be done with your hands.  Lastly, add however much of the salad ingredients that you like.


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