This is not the shopping list that I promised you…

Sorry, Veggies.  I won't be done with that until later tonight.  In the meantime, please amuse yourself with this lovely recipe for kale salad.  This salad is going to be one of my go to meals for the detox.  Even people who don't like kale (I'm looking at you John…) like this recipe.  The biggest complaint that I hear about kale is that it is bitter and tough.  The sweetness of the honey used in this recipe (agave can be used as a substitute) does a nice job of balancing out any tartness.  Also, the act of massaging the kale makes it soft and palatable.  Aarti puts mango and toasted pumpkin seeds in her salad.  I put dried cranberries and sesame seeds in mine.  Feel free to experiment.  Raisins would be delicious.  So would tomatoes with chopped onion and walnuts. Because the kale doesn't get soggy, this is a great salad to make if you have to prep it a while before you are going to be eating it.  It even keeps overnight!  Enjoy!

-♥ J :)

Massaged Kale Salad
(printable recipe)
Recipe courtesy of Aarti Sequeira.
Serves: 4

1 bunch kale (black kale is especially good), stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons honey
Freshly ground black pepper
1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
Small handful toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), about 2 rounded tablespoons

1. In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.

2. In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.

3. Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve.
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