Massaged Kale Salad with Pepitas & Cranberries

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Five Elements, the bitter flavor is associated with supporting healthy heart function. Bitter flavored foods (and herbs) cool the body and drain excess heat.

If someone you know and love is suffering with heart disease and they are feeling overheated, they would be doing their body (and their heart) a BIG favor by eating something bitter.

Eating bitter flavored foods might sound unappetizing to most folks, but you could make those bitter foods taste absolutely delicious. Like this Massaged Kale Salad with Pepitas & Cranberries for instance (recipe below).

The kale is bitter, but when we massage it with lemon juice, add dried sweet cranberries plus salty pumpkin seeds, it’s a game changer!

Taste it for yourself. Totally delish and an excellent remedy for heart health!

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Massaged Kale Salad with Pepitas & Cranberries
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Recipe type: Seasonal and local foods
Cuisine: Food is medicine
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 bunches of curly kale
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup organic olive oil
  • ½ tsp. prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp. local honey
  • ⅛ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ cup pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds)
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Remove stems from kale and discard
  2. Chop kale leaves and wash thoroughly
  3. Spin dry (in a salad spinner) and put the leaves into a large mixing bowl
  4. Add lemon juice to kale and massage until soft
  5. Let the kale sit for 5-10 minutes
  6. Squeeze the kale and discard the green water
  7. Combine olive oil, mustard, honey and sea salt plus a little more lemon juice
  8. Pour over kale and toss
  9. Add pepitas and cranberries and toss again
  10. Top with grated parmesan cheese (optional)
  11. Enjoy!

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