meatless monday: massaged kale salad

Happy post-Memorial Day weekend! We just returned from a lovely low-key weekend in East Hampton with friends. Many of you know that in a past life I spent some time out there, creating inventory numbers and taking dimensions of important contemporary furniture and art (and occasionally driving a rental car stuffed full of expensive bath towels into the city, don’t ask). But until this weekend, I’d never experienced what the Hamptons were truly meant for: walks on the beach, napping in the sun with the latest New Yorker, berries on the patio.

beach

You see the appeal, no?

As we drove east and further from the concrete madness I was inspired by the roadside produce stands boasting the latest Long Island offerings. With that, I present a simple kale salad. Massaging the kale is key to soften up the toughness, so don’t forget this crucial step! Enjoy.

Massaged Kale Salad
Bunch of kale, washed and cut into thin strips
1 lemon
2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
olive oil
young sweet carrots, cut into thin coins
1 avocado, cubed

Combine juice of the lemon with garlic cloves and olive oil. Add kale and massage with your hands until kale is nicely wilted and soft. Add carrot and avocado cubes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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