I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for the last few days but my family’s summer has gotten off to a super busy start, and it just didn’t happen.

Plus it’s ridiculously hot here this week, and my house doesn’t have much air conditioning, so it’s kind of hard for me to get much done. But enough with the whining…

This Raw Kale Salad, the third and final recipe I’m featuring in honor of my Lucid Food Giveaway, is the perfect thing to eat when the temperature soars.

The kale I used in this salad is the Red Russian variety, and I grew it in my garden.

I also grow Lacinato (“dinosaur”) kale, another great choice in uncooked kale salad recipes like this one.

You might be thinking that a salad based on raw kale sounds incredibly unappetizing, but I assure you this one’s really tasty. My husband is not a kale lover, and he really enjoyed it. The key is to use your (very clean!) hands to massage the salt and olive oil into the chopped kale, tenderizing it and making it more digestible.

The recipe in Lucid Food calls for toasted almonds and toasted nori, but I didn’t have either on hand, so I substituted pine nuts and dulse flakes. Dulse is a type of seaweed and it’s very high in minerals. It has a salty taste, so be sure to taste for salt before adding too much.

Recipe for Kale Salad with Avocado and Apple

Ingredients:

*1 bunch of kale, thick stems removed and coarsely chopped
*1 ripe avocado, diced
*sea salt and freshly ground pepper
*1 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
*3 tablespoons olive oil
*1 carrot, peeled and sliced into thin half moons
*1 small, green apple, sliced thin
*1 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced
*1 large handful of raw or toasted pine nuts (or toasted almonds)
*1 handful of dulse flakes- optional
*1 handful fresh mint, chopped- optional

Directions:

1. Place kale in a large bowl with the avocado. Add salt, garlic, and olive oil. Mix very well, "massaging" the greens for about 3 minutes.

2. Reserve a small handful of the carrot and apple slices for garnish, then gently fold the rest into the kale mixture with the scallion, pine nuts, dulse flakes, and mint. Taste and season with additional sea salt, if necessary (the dulse is salty, so it be careful you don't add too much).

I’m extending the deadline to enter the giveaway until midnight on Thursday, July 8, 2010. If you’d like to enter to win a signed copy of the beautiful Lucid Food cookbook by Louisa Shafia (and you haven’t already left a comment on one of the last 2 posts), please leave a comment below and you’ll be entered. US residents only, please. Thanks and good luck!