Kale Salad with Dried Fruits and Deez (wal)Nuts

I need more greens in my life… More plants, more kale, more collards, more grass.  And no, grass isn’t italicized because I’m trying to convey the illegal, smokable, kind of grass – I mean real, fluffy-under-your-bare-feet, kind of grass.

A few weeks ago I went to get a massage(!) and when I got out it was raining a really light, most beautiful drizzle that made me thank God I’m alive.  Right in front of my car there was a small, very vibrant patch of grass that I just couldn’t resist.  I immediately kicked off my flip flops and started stomping all over the grass, in the rain.  It was awesome.  (Until I noticed the fire ants…)

I need more of that in my life.  More nature.  More green.  More spontaneous bare-foot stomping in the grass.

I think we all do.

This kale salad is a way to bring nature even closer.  You can eat it & literally become one with it.

Or you can just eat it because it’s tasty and it’s good for you.

Or you can just eat it.

The preparation process requires you give the kale a little massage.  And it’s only fair, right?  Think about all the things kale will do for you…  Put a little oil on your hands and give that kale some love.  Seriously.  Too messy you say?  Phoooey.  Do it.

 

Kale Salad with Dried Fruits & Nuts 

adapted from Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas

Ingredients:

8 to 12 ounces kale, preferably curly green

2/3 cup dried fruit of your choice – raisins, cranberries (what I used), cherries, chopped apricots, etc.

1/2 cup crushed toasted cashews, pecans or walnuts (I used walnuts)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon, to taste (I used 1/2)

1 tablespoon agave

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Method:

Rub a small amount of olive oil (not the stuff set aside for the recipe) onto your palms and massage the kale leaves for 30 to 60 seconds, until they turn bright green and soften.

Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve at once!

PS – Eating more greens and getting more professional massages are both on my list of goals!  YAY, progress!

OH! And in case you don’t know where the “Deez Nuts” reference comes from here you go…

Listen at your own risk.

 

 

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