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Kale is a powerhouse green that we love, whether eaten in kale chip form or as a salad. Though kale chips are certainly tasty, try eating it raw instead. Its bitter taste on it own is not so pleasant, but, thankfully, there are several ways to jazz up that superfood with flavor. Check out these tips for how to liven up raw kale:

1. Choose Flavorful Dressing

Chop and clean a few cups of kale, then combine it with whatever other raw fruits and veggies you prefer. Kale makes a great green base for a salad, and it’s far more nutritious than iceberg lettuce. Make any one of these delicious and easy-to-mix salad dressings, then drizzle it over a salad full of kale. Also, choose delicious, toppings to liven up your kale, such as nuts, fruit, pepper or avocado. Try this Kale Salad with Apricots and Almonds and this Mesquite-Avocado Kale Salad.

How to Liven Up Raw Kale

2. Blend Into Flavor-Packed Hummus

Perhaps you’re not a salad person and the idea of eating raw kale (even with dressing) repulses you. For a non-salad approach, try blending kale into your hummus. This Oil-Free Kale Edamame Hummus calls for good-for-you ingredients like kale, edamame, chickpeas, tahini and garlic. You might not even taste the kale hiding in there, even though these ingredients may as well be for a salad bowl!

How to Liven Up Raw Kale

3. Make a Zesty Slaw

Forget coleslaw; try kale slaw! For this Kale and Golden Beet Salad, Grab some dinosaur kale and cut it into thinner, long pieces, chiffonade-style. Then, thinly slice or grate vegetables like beets, carrots and yellow bell pepper so you have a colorful array of thinly slices veggies. Make a zesty dressing from flavorful ingredients like garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar, oregano and basil to top it off.

How to Liven Up Raw Kale

4. Combine with Fruit

Hide the taste of kale completely by blending it with almond milk, frozen fruit, a small banana and flax seeds. It’s easy to get in a cup or two of kale when you’re putting it into a smoothie. There are several combinations you can choose when making a green smoothie. Try this Strawberry Kale Smoothie for vitamin C and this Beginner Green Smoothie.

How to Liven Up Raw Kale

5. Massage it With Love

You can pour an oily dressing over your raw kale, but an alternative way to eat it is by massaging with your preferred dressing. By lightly massaging the kale into the dressing, you’ll evenly coat each leaf, so each bite will be as flavorful as the last. Try this Raw Massaged Kale Salad with Fresh Figs and Oranges and this Super-Healthy Kale Salad with Creamy Ginger Tahini Dressing.

How to Liven Up Raw Kale

Lead image source: Mesquite Avocado Kale Salad

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