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

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: massaged kale salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 89kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Top massaged kale with your favorite salad toppings and salad dressing for more flavor. I added roasted chickpeas for crunch.


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