Raw Vegan Orange Kale Salad
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Cuisine: raw food, raw vegan, gluten-free
Serves: 2
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 large oranges (l like using Naval or Valencia. You'll use ½ an orange to juice for the dressing, and 1½ for the salad)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes (optional)
  • Some chopped almonds for garnish
Massaging the kale
  • A drizzle of olive oil (about ½ teaspoon)
  • 1 Tablespoon orange juice (taken from ½ an orange juiced for the dressing)
  • A pinch of salt
  • Juice of ½ an orange (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small clove of garlic (grated)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • A few cracks of black pepper
  1. Destem the kale, by holding the base of the stem with one hand, and with the other hand, just slide through the stem to strip the leaves off.
  2. Wash them well and dry off with a salad spinner. Roughly chop up the leaves and place them in a bowl.
  3. Squeeze half an orange to get the juice.
  4. Add a pinch of salt, light drizzle of olive oil, and a splash of orange juice onto the kale. Put some elbow grease in and massage well for about 5 minutes.
  5. Once the kale wilts and shrinks to about half the size of what you started with, taste test it to see if the leaves are tender. If they are, you're done massaging.
  6. Cube the avocado, and cut the oranges into bite size pieces. Make the dressing with orange juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and dress the kale. Add half of the avocado and oranges and toss gently. Save the other half for garnish.
  7. Plate the salad and top it with the remaining avocado and oranges. Sprinkle some chopped almonds for garnish. You can add cherry tomatoes if you like as well.
If you purchased kale and it started to wilt in the refrigerator after a few days, cut off the base of the stem at an angle and soak it in cool water for 15-30 minutes. It should regain its freshness and crispness.
Recipe by Mariko Sakata | Raw Food and Plant-based Recipes at https://marikosakata.com/raw-vegan-orange-kale-salad/