My favourite way to prepare kale is in a salad. To tenderize those sturdy leaves I toss them with a bit of the dressing (olive oil or lemon juice on their own will work too) and a pinch of salt. Then, I massage it. Yes, you heard me, I massage it. I keep massaging it until that tough-guy kale begins to soften. Kale really is a beautiful leaf, you just need to know how to work it.
My kale salads always feature some kind of fruit. Given the season, the obvious choice for this salad was apples. Then I add some feta cheese for a salty contrast and pecans for crunch. I found an apple cider vinaigrette from Michael Smith to tie it all together
Massaged Kale and Apple Salad