Massaging Kale

I’ve seen this on a lot of blogs but namely HEABS and Gena are my inspirations here. I have made a whole bunch of variations on this, but this is the basic recipe.  I’ll show variations below.

Massaged Kale Salad

15 massaged kale

Ingredients (serves 2-3, or 1 salad girl)

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (I know; it’s a lot – you don’t need this much though)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • splash of balsamic vinegar
  • chili powder, salt, pepper to taste
  • 1 shredded carrot


  1. Remove the kale from the stems and rip it into pieces.  Pour on the oil and add the avocado and massage them all together.
  2. Add the spices, vinegar, lemon juice, carrot, and mix some more. Serve!

16 massaged kale

Some variations – any kind of shredded veggie will do in place of carrot.  I’m trying to cut down on my orange food consumption because I got the dreaded orange tint. Oh, well.  Haven’t had kabocha in probably 2-3 weeks now, but I probably still eat enough carrots to still be orange.  You definitely don’t have to use as much olive oil; I change it up depending on my mood. If I use more, I might not finish the whole salad in one sitting. More oil does make it really delicious though.

I had it one night with some pork and a whole hunk of sauerkraut.

32 pork dinner

I’m trying to eat more (organic, free-range) meat for various reasons, and this meal was a major success. Be back soon!

22 Comments on Massaging Kale

  1. VeggieGirl
    4 August, 2009 at 3:33 pm (7 years ago)

    Love HEBS and Gena AND their recipes!

  2. VeggieGirl
    4 August, 2009 at 3:33 pm (7 years ago)

    HEAB* 😀

  3. Shelby
    4 August, 2009 at 4:50 pm (7 years ago)

    LOVE massaged kale!

  4. coco
    4 August, 2009 at 4:54 pm (7 years ago)

    Can’t agree more on that HEAB and Gena have great recipes! this one is so fun to make! 🙂

  5. Maria
    4 August, 2009 at 5:36 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m not a huge fan of kale (especially raw), but if you, Gena, and HEABs says it’s good, I believe you all 😉 I’ll have to try it sometime!

  6. JB
    4 August, 2009 at 8:33 pm (7 years ago)

    i love massaged kale salads! i’ve made them before without adding any oil at all. sprinkling sea salt on the kale before massaging it releases all of those juices and really makes the kale break down. but the flavor of olive oil is always delicious, so adding some definitely gives it that yumminess!

  7. Cindy
    4 August, 2009 at 9:12 pm (7 years ago)

    I’ve been seeing it around the block too…never tried it.

    should go look it up…your dinner looks MMMMMM

    can’t wait for your NEWS!!!


  8. Michelle T
    4 August, 2009 at 10:24 pm (7 years ago)

    hahha my mama makes AWESOME garlic kale (just stirfried together in chicken broth) without even reading blogs…too bad i don’t have her sense of creativity. She also made a REALLY simple 2 ingredient kale salad, literally kale and balsamic, which my brother detested. hahaha but I’m on your boat Maggie!! I love that salad you made!! Dinner looks awesome…really….i’m with you on the eating as much organic & free range meat as possible, but that gets pricey! Unfortunately!!!

    P.s. I love orange foods too, my mom has warned me that i’m beginning to turn orange. 😛

  9. leslie
    5 August, 2009 at 4:51 am (7 years ago)

    love the “serves 2-3 or 1 salad girl.” sometimes i wonder how people will react to the portion sizes of my veggie recipes, since they tend to be, well, large.

  10. Abby
    5 August, 2009 at 4:53 am (7 years ago)

    You have me quite intrigued as to what news you have for us soon, which I suppose is a good hook to keep me coming back to your blog every day 😉 Kidding. As for the massaging, I’ve seen that around lately too…haven’t tried it yet, but I’m curious.

  11. Anna
    5 August, 2009 at 5:39 am (7 years ago)

    Love that massaged kale!! I even got my dad to like it, and he’s not a huge kale fan.

  12. Rose
    5 August, 2009 at 7:24 am (7 years ago)

    When I saw this dish, the first words that came to mind were… “healthy…” and “yum…” seriously!

    Can’t wait for the announcement!

  13. Justine
    5 August, 2009 at 8:01 am (7 years ago)

    I had massaged kale once when HEABS made me a raw lunch :). It was marvelous!! I have yet to recreate it but thanks for reminding me about it. I will definitely have to make some soon. Hope things are well. Off to make a watermelon smoothie….


  14. Gena (Choosing Raw)
    5 August, 2009 at 10:10 am (7 years ago)

    Hey, this looks awesome! I go through three heads of kale weekly, I kid you not.

  15. Biz
    5 August, 2009 at 2:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Not a huge fan of kale – rats!

  16. gliding calm
    5 August, 2009 at 4:31 pm (7 years ago)

    i need to try this salad!!!!

  17. CaSaundra
    6 August, 2009 at 5:05 pm (7 years ago)

    I absolutely love sauerkrat–I am surprised by how many people hate it!

  18. Light Delight with TouTou
    17 November, 2009 at 12:02 pm (7 years ago)

    I see!! I should have only use the leaves instead of the whole thing!! That stem always difficult for me to chew as a salad.
    Thank you for this simple recipe!

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