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Aarti Paarti Ep. 12: Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Pepitas!

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Uploaded on May 12, 2009

How well do you know your kale?! Get to know it just a little better, and you'll be suprised what you find!

Massaging kale breaks down some of its fibers, and makes it wilt -- so it looks and tastes as if you've cooked it, but it's completely raw, which means it's full of all the nutrients God created it to have! And it tastes fabulous!

This meal is CHEAP: it cost me about 5 dollars to make enough salad for about 8 people.

You'll need:
2 bunches kale (I used Lacinato/Cavalo Nero/Black Kale and Russian Red Kale), washed, stems removed, cut into ribbons
1 tsp kosher salt
Juice from half lemon (reserve other half for dressing)
Glug of extra virgin olive oil (for massaging)
Glug of extra virgin olive oil (for dressing)
2 tsp honey
1/2 cup chopped mango
1/2 cup chopped baby carrots
Handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 avocado
Salt and Pepper!

1) Combine sliced kale, a sprinkling of kosher salt, juice from 1/2 a lemon and a glug of extra virgin olive oil in a bowl. Massage for 3-5 minutes until the kale wilts. Set aside. If you can, let the kale sit for 30 minutes. If not, no biggie.

2) In a separate smaller bowl, whisk honey and juice from the other half of the lemon together. Grind some freshly ground pepper into the bowl too. While whisking, stream in enough extra virgin olive oil to make a dressing (about a 1/4 cup I think).

3) Add chopped mango, carrots, cilantro and dressing. Toss. Add pepitas and chopped avocado just before serving.

Host & Editor: Aarti Sequeira
Director & Camera & Husband Extraordinaire (!): Brendan McNamara
Includes "I Love You" by the Bees

More recipes at www.aartilla.blogspot.com!

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aarti

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