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Massage Your Kale?

When friends say “we’re bringing massaged kale salad” for supper, you pay attention. They described their own introduction to this salad as they prepared it for our dinner, and trust me, massage is involved. Uber-healthy and delicious are also part of the picture.


While making the salad, Betty and Mindy were positively gleeful just thinking about the finished product and couldn’t wait for their first nibble – like they were making something chocolaty, not dark green.

Massaged Kale Salad Recipe

Directions: Rinse and dry one bunch of kale, tear it up and place it in a roomy bowl. Add two or three cloves of finely minced garlic, a light coating of fruity olive oil, the juice of one lemon, salt and pepper. Now it’s time for the massage. Wash your hands and have at it. Toss the whole business together, squeeze the kale, and give these ingredients a little rubdown for just a minute. Then you can let it sit for a while. The lemon will ‘cook’ the kale, soften the greens and garlic.

Before serving, add a diced avocado and a half cup, give or take, of toasted pumpkin seeds; or, a hard boiled egg, chopped. Embellish as you wish. Goat cheese on the side with croutons would be good. Substitute vinegar for the lemon juice, or combine the two.

Not sure if it was the kale salad or the company at the dinner table that night, but this was a memorable, tasty salad, worthy of repeat performances all winter long. Leftovers were just as good the next day, maybe better.


Kale is available at Farmer’s Markets throughout autumn and winter at Willie’s Greens, Whistling Train Farm, Stoney Plains and other local vendors.

Interested in growing kale? Check out these sites: Planet Natural, & Gardening at About.com.

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5 Responses »

  1. Thank you, I’ve never eaten kale raw and love this idea. We are in for many months of hearty greens so this should be an interesting change of texture and flavor.

  2. Hehe, massaging greens, what a loving act, a great way to create intention as we prepare our food.

  3. I love this idea~perfect time of year to try it too! So cool to have a salad that’s actually good as a leftover.

  4. I loved this salad! The tang of the lemon, the sharp garlic taste, and the smooth avocado were just perfect; yum!

  5. Hello Auntie S,

    This was amazing! I loved the flavour and will look forward to playing around with the ingredients like you suggest.

    Hope you’re doing well!