Veggie Burger Pitas with Massaged Kale, Carrots, and Hummus


 “Massaging” kale—something of a throwback to the 60s and 70s—is a great task to delegate to kids in the kitchen.

Serves 4
Prep and cook time: 25 minutes

1 small bunch Tuscan kale (also called dinosaur kale and lacinato kale)
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 package Made by Lukas Veggie Burgers, shaped into 4 patties
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup hummus
2 whole wheat pitas

1. Trim the stems off the kale and discard them. Slice the leaves into very thin ribbons, then place in a bowl. Sprinkle the salt over the kale, then “massage” it with your hands for about 2 minutes: grab it in handfuls, twist, rub, and squeeze until it wilts and releases its liquid. Give the leaves an extra squeeze and drain off any liquid that collects in the bowl. Toss with the shallots, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper.

2. Prepare a skillet, the oven, or grill, and cook the patties according to Made by Lukas cooking instructions.

3. Warm the pitas over a burner or in the oven, then cut in half and carefully split open. Insert a cooked veggie burger into each pita half, followed by a few scoops of the kale salad, the grated carrots, and about 2 tablespoons hummus each. 

Posted on June 11, 2013 .