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Bowl with kale and topped with lemon and avocado slices and a fork. Lemon halves on the side.

Massaged Kale Salad

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan


For this easy massaged kale salad you use avocado, lemon juice and sea salt to soften the kale and make a simple and delicious salad. It’s the perfect base for your favorite salad toppings.


  • 1 large head curly kale, de-stemmed and chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 3 Tablespoons)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • salad toppings – tomatoes, cucumber, additional avocado, roasted chickpeas, etc.
  • dressing of choice (see links above)


  1. Rinse kale, de-stem and use a clean kitchen towel to dry it off. Chop kale into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Pour lemon juice over the kale, add avocado slices and sprinkle on the salt.
  2. Using your hands, massage the kale with avocado, mashing it with you fingers so that the kale becomes coated in avocado. Let kale rest for about 15 minutes before serving.
  3. Top massaged kale with your favorite salad toppings and salad dressing for more flavor. I added roasted chickpeas for crunch.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe without toppings
  • Calories: 89
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 316mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2g

Keywords: massaged kale salad