Food as Medicine: Massaged Kale and Farro with a Herbal Twist

Food as Medicine: Massaged Kale and Farro with a Herbal Twist

Amanda Furbee

Healthy Salads 101: Massaged Kale and Farro with a Herbal Twist

Spring salads are a refreshing and nutritious way to enjoy the flavors of the season while fueling your body with essential nutrients. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of incorporating healthy salads into your diet, focusing on a delicious Massaged Kale and Farro Salad with a Herbal Twist.

Why Choose Spring Salads for Optimal Health

Opting for spring salads is an excellent strategy for boosting your nutritional intake as the season offers a bounty of fresh, nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. These ingredients not only pack a powerful punch of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants but also ensure that you're consuming produce at its peak of freshness and nutritional value. The variety available allows for the creation of vibrant, flavorful dishes that can cater to various dietary preferences and restrictions, making salads a flexible option for any meal plan. Importantly, incorporating a diverse mix of seasonal produce into your salads can support a balanced diet and contribute to overall health and well-being. Spring salads are not just about leafy greens; they invite creativity and personalization, enabling you to explore different textures and flavors while nourishing your body with essential nutrients.

The Star Ingredient - Herbal Dip Blend

At the heart of our featured Massaged Kale and Farro Salad lies the Herbal Dip Blend from The Herb Shoppe, an integral component that infuses this dish with its distinctive herbal flair. This unique blend marries the robust flavors of onion, garlic, and dill with the nutritional powerhouse of nettle, parsley, and thyme, crafting a multi-dimensional taste profile. By incorporating this blend into the cooked farro, not only do we elevate the salad's flavor complexity, but we also imbue it with the health benefits associated with these herbs. The Herbal Dip Blend serves as a testament to how simple ingredients, thoughtfully combined, can transform a meal from ordinary to extraordinary. This approach underscores our commitment to enhancing dishes with natural, healthful options without compromising on taste. The inclusion of this blend highlights the endless possibilities of using herbs to enrich our food, encouraging both seasoned cooks and culinary novices to explore the synergy between nutrition and flavor.

Preparing Your Massaged Kale and Farro Salad

Begin by finely shredding or chopping between 6 to 8 ounces of fresh kale leaves, ensuring they're well-prepared for massaging. Simultaneously, cook 1 cup of farro as per the instructions on the packaging, making sure to infuse it during the cooking process with the Herbal Dip Blend for that extra burst of flavor. Once the farro is cooked and slightly cooled, mix it thoroughly with the kale. This combination forms the base of your salad. Next, stir in a generous 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds for a nice crunch, and another 1/2 cup of dried cherries for a hint of sweetness and tartness that complements the earthy flavors. Dot the salad with chunks of goat cheese, roughly 3-4 ounces, adding a creamy texture and a tangy taste. For the final touch, season the salad with salt and pepper to your liking, and dress it with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, enhancing the salad's flavors and making it truly irresistible.

The Power of Massaging Kale

One of the lesser-known culinary techniques that significantly enhances the eating experience of kale is massaging. This simple process involves working the leaves with your hands, which softens them and makes them much more palatable. Kale, known for its dense and fibrous texture, transforms into a tender green that's easier to chew and digest through massaging. This not only improves the texture but also mellows the sometimes bitter taste of kale, making it a delightful base for any salad. Additionally, this technique helps in the incorporation of flavors from other ingredients, ensuring that each bite is infused with the intended dressing and seasoning. By massaging the kale, you're not just preparing it for a salad; you're unlocking its full potential for both taste and digestibility. This step is crucial for creating a salad that's not just healthy but also truly enjoyable to eat.

Customizing Your Salad with Healthy Additions

Elevating your Massaged Kale and Farro Salad with personalized touches not only caters to individual taste preferences but also boosts the nutritional profile of your meal. For those seeking extra color and variety, incorporating vibrant vegetables such as spiralized carrots, sliced radishes, or avocado chunks can introduce new textures and layers of flavor. Avocados, in particular, add a creamy element and are a great source of healthy fats. For an added protein kick, consider tossing in some grilled salmon or hard-boiled eggs, both excellent choices that complement the existing flavors of the salad while making it more substantial. Nuts and seeds, such as pumpkin seeds or sliced almonds, offer a delightful crunch and are packed with beneficial nutrients, including Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. These customizable options enable you to tailor your salad to meet dietary needs or simply to experiment with different combinations, ensuring each meal is both uniquely satisfying and healthful.


Here’s what you will need:

-6 to 8oz- Kale Leaf. Shredded or chopped.

-1 cup of cooked Farro infused with Herbal Dip Blend

- ½ cup Sunflower Seeds

-Handful of Green Onions

-1/2 cup Dried Cherries

-Goat Cheese approx. 3-4oz

-Salt & Pepper to taste

-Olive Oil

-Balsamic Vinegar

 


To Make Your Own: Spring Greens Salad

  • Take your kale, olive oil, salt and pepper. Get your hands into the bowl and gently massage the kale with these ingredients. It only takes a few minutes. Just long enough to cover all the kale with these ingredients. 
  • Once your greens are massaged you can add the farro, green onion, sunflower seeds, cherries to the kale blend.
  • Mix everything together. Then top off with the goat cheese.
  • More than likely you won’t need another dressing with the salad, but a nice balsamic or just oil and vinegar and pair nicely. 
  • Top off with some chicken or salmon for an extra protein boost. 
  • Enjoy this delicious spring salad.

Learning to make your own herbal products is a fun evolution to bringing balance to your life. On your person and in your home. We understand that not everyone likes to make his or her own products. 

We take great pleasure in creating products and recipes for you. However, if you are interested in going more in depth to make all your own herbal products we will be offering our Make Your Own Product Series as a recorded class in the future.


To set up an herbal consultation with me email: info@theherbshoppepharmacy.com 

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