Meal Ideas: Massaged Kale Salad

Using what I had around the kitchen to make a tasty and filling kale salad.
Sometimes it’s fun to deconstruct your kale salad! I used what items I had in my kitchen.

I love to make food. I love to look at other people’s recipes for inspiration. Sometimes I use measurements, most often not. As a consequence, I am not very good at writing down actual recipes. I actually think this is a good thing.

I want to encourage you to trust your instincts in the kitchen. Sound scary? Welcome to the edge of your comfort zone! I want to inspire you to be comfortable with opening up your fridge and to be able to make something with whatever you have (assuming you have some veggies kicking around).

Today, I want to share with you the building blocks for kale salad.

Obviously, you will need kale, which I believe should be a staple item in every kitchen. You will need at least one bunch for 2 people. The kale will “massage” down quite a bit so this makes a nice side dish or if you add some protein you can make it a main meal.

Ideally you will have lemon juice to massage the kale with; you can also use a little olive or coconut oil.

It’s best to have a combination of veggies, fruits, and nuts/seeds but you can forgo any or all of this, depending on what you have. Here is a handy chart with some ideas.


Rinse the kale, rip the leaf off the stem, and then chop or rip the leaf into 1 inch pieces. Add 1tbsp or so of lemon juice, wash your hands and start massaging the kale by grabbing a bunch and “scrunching” it with your hands – it will darken and begin to reduce.

You can then add your veggies, toss in your dressing, add some salt and pepper to taste, mix it up and add your fruits and nuts. Voila!

Do you love kale salad? What types of combinations do you like to add to your salad. Leave your comments below!

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