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Recipe: The Kale Salad That Will Right Your Weekend Wrongs

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This weekend was all about grillin', chillin', and, if you're like us, boozin', so it's likely that you're ready to eat clean for a day or two. Here's a recipe for a simple massaged kale salad that'll do your body—and your taste buds—right.

The saltiness of the parmesan cheese paired with the sweet dried cherries is a real treat. You can also use chopped up fresh cherries since they're in season, but we love the intense burst of flavor from the dehydrated version.

Ingredients:
*Serves 2, or one really hungry person post-workout

1 bunch lacinato kale
1 lemon
1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup chopped dried sour cherries
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp organic honey
fresh cracked black pepper to taste

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Wash your hands thoroughly, and de-stem and de-vein the kale. Tear into small pieces and place into a large mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the kale, and then massage it for about 2 minutes. (The acid from the citrus and the massage will help break down the tough fibers of the kale making it more tender.)

In a small bowl, whisk together honey and olive oil. Drizzle over salad. Then add cheese, pepitas, and chopped cherries. (Save a little bit of each to garnish the top of the salad once you're done tossing it if you're presenting it to guests.) Toss together with your hands, add cracked black pepper, rinse off your hands, and enjoy.

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