October 25, 2013 6

Massaged Kale, Fennel + Pomegranate Salad with a Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette

It is the final day of my 5 Day Fall Cleanse with Beth of Tasty Yummies! All week I felt pretty fantastic. I have to be honest I feel a little sluggish today. I can’t tell if it is {finally} some detoxing symptoms surfacing or I am coming down with something. Either way I am going to everything in my power to finish this cleanse off strong and boost my immunity.

As I woke up and sipped my giant mug of warm lemon water and apple cider vinegar, I could feel my body craving raw, yet nourishing foods. As you start to eat a cleaner diet, you’ll notice that you’ll start to crave the stuff that isn’t so good for you less and less. I have to say that even though my body felt pretty good the first few days, with a minor headache here and there, all I could really think about was coffee, dark chocolate and red wine. Those, three, things, I love them. They truly bring a certain level of happiness into my life and I never want to live without them. Although through this experience I’m learning I could probably live without them if I really had to.

And it’s not like coffee, dark chocolate and red wine are even that bad. In fact they’re actually great for you, in moderation and of high quality, of course. But someone said something to me this week about going on a cleanse that really stuck with me. They said, “well I couldn’t go on a cleanse because I’m just not that type of person, if I want to drink a glass of wine, I’ll drink a glass of wine” to which I replied with a shrug, “yeah, I guess I know what you mean”. But then I went home and I thought and well, I’m still thinking about that comment. And you know what I think? I think that’s bullshit. I wanted to drink a glass of red with my dinner too, but I didn’t. I pushed on through the temptation and I feel stronger and better for it. Cleanses are hard. They can be restrictive. But they can also be liberating and well just plain, cleansing.


This seasonally delicious kale, fennel, pomegranate salad was THE perfect thing for me to eat this morning. In fact I may just go whip myself up another bowl of it for lunch. Massaged kale is one of my favorite things to make. By massaging the kale you are giving your digestion a head start, plus the texture is more enjoyable to eat. If you’ve never tried it, you should! If you’ve been following along with me and Beth all week I want to thank you for your comments, suggestions and encouragements. We have so much love for your readers + fans. I hope you feel beautiful today; you are enough, I promise!



Massaged Kale, Fennel + Pomegranate Salad with a Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette

{serves 2}


  • 4-5 stalks of curly kale {organic greens are always best}
  • 1/2 bulb of fennel, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon local raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of finely minced white onion {shallots would work nicely as well}
  • generous amounts of sea salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
  • coarse ground pepper

Wash and dry your kale + hands thoroughly. Remove the center rib of each kale leave simply by running your hands down its spine, pulling off the leaves. Tear the leaves into bite sized pieces and throw them into a large mixing bowl. Add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a generous pinch of salt. With your hands mix and massage the kale pieces for about 5 minutes. As you do so you’ll notice the color will start to become more vibrant and its volume will wither to about half its size. After you are done massaging you can set the kale aside. I personally like to take this time to chill it lightly, so I pop mine in the refrigerator while I’m finishing the other components.

For your vinaigrette whisk together, in a small bowl, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the minced onion, balsamic and honey. Season with a generous pinch or two salt and pepper. To plate, place the fennel and pomegranate seeds on top of the kale and drizzle the dressing all over it.

TY Buddha Bowl

Today over on Tasty Yummies, Beth is dishing up this cleansing Fall Detox Buddha Bowl with Garlic Turmeric Cashew Cream. So head over to her blog now to get the recipe! Make sure to follow along with us on our social media sites for more cleanse tips + details this week and for photos and recipes to the foods we’re eating. Use the hashtag {#5DayFallCleanse} if you share any photos, we’d love to see what you are eating!

With Love and Food


Tasty Yummies 


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6 Responses to "Massaged Kale, Fennel + Pomegranate Salad with a Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette"

  1. Reply

    dishing up the dirt

    October 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Just saw your collard green wraps over on Potlulck. Loving the recipe! We just made collard green “tacos” and loved them!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    November 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    I love how silky kale gets when prepared this way, good stuff!

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      November 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      It’s so good, right? It’s just the best!

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