Massaged Raw Kale Salad with Topping Ideas (paleo and vegan)

Jan 24th
Toppings: sausage, mango, pomegranate seeds

I’ve been eating a lot of kale this week. Its so healthy and there are a ton of different ways to incorporate it into daily life. Chips, smoothies/juices, boiled, as a wrap for lunch meat, and of course as a salad.


For Breakfast! Toppings: chicken and apple sausage, cinnamon fried apples, mashed sweet potato fritters, dried cranberries, toasted nuts


kale salad

Toppings: chicken nuggets (with cashew meal), sweet potato fries, and avocado

I’ve had kale salad a few different ways. This ┬áis the basic recipe for massaged kale salad. Its really easy and doesn’t take much time, but massaging the kale and letting it rest allows it to soften up a bit (don’t worry its still crisp) and it tastes better.

Topping: fresh strawberries

Topping: fresh strawberries


Toppings: roasted beets, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, orange segments, chicken

Toppings: roasted beets, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, orange segments, chicken

This salad is super simple and super delish. AND… I’ve included a list of topping ideas and dressing recipes, so If you want to add a bunch of healthy and tasty toppings you have some inspiration!

Toppings: sausage, mango, pomegranate seeds

Toppings: sausage, mango, pomegranate seeds


Toppings: Hamburger, guacamole, carrots, bell peppers

Toppings: Hamburger, guacamole, carrots, bell peppers

Massaged Kale Salad

  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, stalks removed and discarded, and cut into skinny slivers
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (see note*)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper

In a large salad bowl, drizzle the lemon juice and olive oil over the kale. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Massage the kale until it starts to soften and wilt, about 2-3 minutes. Let set for a few minutes. Add meat, other veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc…

Toppings Ideas:

Clearly, you can top your salad with whatever you like, but here are a few combinations that sounded good to me.

  • Grilled chicken, strawberries, avocado
  • Grilled sausage, mango, pomegranate seeds
  • Beets, squash, brussel sprouts, eggplant, red peppers, basil, rocket greens, sunflower seeds, pecans (lightly toasted), dried apricots (chopped), feta cheese. Add some blacken chicken for more protein. Roast veggies and serve warm. (Inspired by Silver Diner‘s “Warm Roasted Local Veggie Salad)
  • Apples, grapes (halved), Mandarin oranges (packed in juice), toasted walnuts, toasted coconut flakes
  • Bacon crumbles, grape tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, sweet bell pepper, red onion, grilled chicken, raw cheddar cheese
  • Radishes, carrots, cucumbers, sweet bell pepper, red onion, hemp seeds
  • Roasted peaches, blue cheese, toasted almond slivers
  • Grated carrots, thinly sliced red cabbage, thinly sliced apple, chopped avocado, grilled chicken
  • Roasted asparagus, blackened chicken, beets
  • Warm roasted sweet potatoes, Granny Smith apple chunks, almond slivers, dried cranberries
  • Figs, avocado, hemp seeds
  • Cucumber, grape tomatoes, chickpeas (not paleo), feta cheese
  • Watermelon and feta cheese
  • Grapefruit, apples, almonds, sunflower seeds
  • Blueberries, kiwi, gorgonzola cheese, almond slivers
  • Cinnamon fried apples, chicken and apple sausage, mashed sweet potato fritter, dried cranberries, toasted pecans, almonds, and coconut

More Dressing Ideas:

*Note: You may want to add more “dressing” depending on how many toppings you add. Just add more lemon juice and olive oil. Or if you are planning on adding a dressing other than the lemon juice and olive oil, leave off the lemon juice entirely.

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