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Massaged Kale Salad

The taste of a raw leaf of kale is magically transformed into a tender appealing salad without any cooking. Ben was skeptical for a long time, but even he will gobble this up. There are many variations out there so if you get excited about this recipe, you can go hunting online for more ideas. 


1 lb. Kale, any kind (about 2 bunches)

2 scallions, scapes or green garlic stalks, chopped finely

Juice from one lemon

2 Tbsp oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup cooked quinoa, millet or brown rice


1. Combine the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl.

2. Tear up or chop the kale into bit sized pieces and mix into the bowl, being sure to coat the leaves with the oil and lemon mixture. Start to rub the kale together with your hands – it will quickly soften and absorb the other flavors.

3. Once the kale is soft mix in the scallions, cooked grain and any of the optional items below.


  • Add 2 tsp. miso, honey or maple syrup to the oil mixture
  • Chop up a tart fruit such as an apple or mango and add to the salad at the end 
  • Add 1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or nuts 
  • Add an avocado 
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