Kale Love

Like a true typical vegan I am kind of in love with kale. I eat it often. I whine when it’s out of season or when the pickings are slim in the grocery store. I have an entire garden bed devoted to two different varieties of the stuff. I love kale.

So naturally when I thought of starting a video series about my favorite fresh things it made sense to start with kale.

I’m not easy on myself when it comes to seeing photos or video of me. I had this footage from quite a while back and had my friend Chris Enns from Lemon Productions help me edit it and make it a bit more fun. Yes, there’s a random photo of Heath Ledger in there. Because, Heath Ledger.

Even so, it took me a long time to finally commit to publishing it and putting it out there. There are things I learned about filming myself that I will improve on for next time. Like, let’s not have my mom (love you Mom!) who was visiting at the time making nondescript creaking noises in the background and let’s film somewhere without an echo. (Maybe it’s time to finally buy furniture for my living room?)

In any case it’s live and out there for people to see, so here’s a quick little video all about the benefits of enjoying kale. After the video I’m going to talk about pampering your kale a bit.

Okay now that we got the video out of the way let’s talk about massaging kale.

I love massaging kale. Massaging your kale turns the greens nice and soft – almost as if it were sauteed – but without turning on your stove. I tend to massage kale that’s going into salads or wraps or any dish where I want the texture to be a little less firm but where I don’t necessarily want the kale warmed through.

So this isn’t really a recipe but a methodology of sorts. It’s a drizzle of olive oil, a bit of sea salt or kosher salt and a splash of lemon juice. (You can totally add crushed garlic in here too for extra flavor if you want. Garlic. Always.)

Wash and trim your kale. Remove any extra tough spiny parts. Chop it up or slice into 1″ ribbons.

Drizzle with just a tiny bit of olive oil and lemon juice.

How to Massage Kale | The Gluten Free Vegan

Sprinkle on some sea salt or kosher salt.

How to Massage Kale | The Gluten Free Vegan

And massage!

How to Massage Kale | The Gluten Free Vegan

How to Massage Kale | The Gluten Free Vegan

How to Massage Kale | The Gluten Free Vegan

Until it looks like this:

How to Massage Kale | The Gluten Free Vegan

Now go eat it. Put it in a salad. Wrap it in something tasty. Throw it in with a jackfruit taco.


  1. Karen says

    Great video! And thank you for the tutorial! I love kale and eat it every time we go out, but for some reason I have a mental block about making it at home. I guess it’s because I grew up in the midwest where no one knew what kale was, so I’ve never seen it prepared or prepared it myself. No longer! Next time I shop, I will fearlessly add a bunch to my basket!

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