Mais Kale Surprise!

Ok, I promise, this will be the last food pun I attempt (foodie spin on the french “mais quelle surprise”)… I guess if I have to explain it, it’s really not that funny.

Who loves kale? I do!

Don’t look at me that way: you really don’t know what you’re missing. This cruciferous vegetable (same family as the broccoli and Brussel sprouts), is great for your health; they contain phytochemicals, vitamins, and are an excellent source of fibre. Although the results aren’t all clear, there may be links between reduced risks of certain cancers associated to a diet containing these vegetables. Either way, you should eat them because they are awesome for you!

Not too sure what to do with it? Well you can steam it (be prepared for a bitter after taste); wilt them down like you do with spinach; make chips with them; or even eat them raw. Now, you’ve probably noticed that kale leaves are fairly tough and fibrous, which would require lots of chewing (and I already look like a cow when I chew gum, according to my dad), so here’s what you have to do: massage it! I know,  I know, you’re probably complaining that even you don’t get massaged often enough, but it’s a necessity. Massaging kale with lemon juice and olive oil will help break down its fibers, making it much easier to chew and digest, without having to cook/steam/wilt them.

As you can assume, today’s recipe is a fresh kale and cabbage salad with green apple and seeds!

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You will need

  • ½ of a head of kale, washed, dried and chopped finely
  • ¼ of a small cabbage, chopped finely (try choosing a cabbage that is smaller than the size of your head, because, honestly, who eats a whole thing?)
  • ½ a green apple, chopped finely
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Olive oil
  • Toasted seeds (sesame, pumpkin, sunflower)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup

To make your salad, prep your kale then massage it with half the juice of the lemon and 1 tbsp. of olive oil. You’re going to want to do this for about 5 minutes, or until you can chew a piece of kale without any discomfort.

Toss in your chopped cabbage and green apple, and any other vegetable that you wish (avocado slices, carrot slices, etc.). Drizzle 1 tbsp. of olive oil and 1 tbsp. of maple syrup, toss, then sprinkle your toasted seeds.  You can adjust the taste by adding a pinch of salt and pepper, and a little more lemon juice if needed.

There you go! Delicious side salad for your everyday meals!

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