As part of the New Year, we are trying to eat healthier, so I have been trying to find creative ways to use different veggies. We had a lot of kale in our fridge, and I thought, why not make a kale salad. I had heard about massaged kale before, and figured I would give it a try. Yes – massaged kale!
This is a great recipe especially when you grow kale in the garden and you end up with an abundance of kale! And I personally like to beat the Cabbage White Butterfly caterpillars and other critters to the kale, before I am left with raggedy stems.
~ olive oil
~ cherry tomatoes
~ Feta cheese
~ any other ingredients you wish to mix in
Speaking of critters, I like to give my kale a good soaking, especially if it is curly kale. That way I can get as much debris and sand/soil off the leaves as possible. For this recipe, I tear the kale into pieces off the stems, and you can further tear or cut the leaves into your desired size pieces.
After giving the kale a good washing, you can shake dry or use a salad spinner.
At this point, drizzle the kale with olive oil and dust with salt. Now you can massage the kale. I use my hands and squeeze and scrunch the kale, distributing the oil and helping to break down the leaves. I like to kind of crush the kale in my hand.
Allow the kale to sit for a while, usually 30 minutes to start.
Prepare your quinoa. There are so many varieties, and I used a tricolor organic quinoa for this recipe. I like to pan fry the quinoa before preparing according to the box.
I like to allow the quinoa to cool or chill before mixing. I actually like it around room temperature for this recipe, but it is personal preference.
Mix together with whatever else you like in your salad. For this one, I added tomatoes and Feta. I think the Feta compliments the kale well by balancing out any bitterness in the kale.
Toss with salt and seasonings as desired.
Renata SJanuary 15, 2020
I love this combination and I never thought to massage kale leaves! Thank you!
BethFebruary 5, 2020
I’ll have to try this salad! A lot of times kale is too harsh for me, but I think the massage and feta would help a lot.
melissa chapmanFebruary 4, 2020
Such a nice salad and I love the massaged kale it probably tastes amazing. I eat salad almost every day so I have to try this kale version.
Brianne Tursi ManzFebruary 4, 2020
I have never heard of massaged kale before, but, I like the idea behind this! I want to make this salad soon.
Amber MyersFebruary 4, 2020
Normally I don’t like kale much, but I’d give this a try. If it’s massaged and blended with other things, I can usually handle it. This looks like a good salad!
Liz MaysFebruary 4, 2020
I could really go for a salad like this. The quinoa makes it a nice, filling option for lunch.
Sarah BaileyFebruary 4, 2020
I have to admit I absolutely love kale! It has this taste which is so different from anything else – I bet it goes so well as part of a salad!
Paula SchuckFebruary 4, 2020
This is brilliant. I usually just rip it up or turn it into kale chips. We love kale. I often add it to my salads and stew and soups too. I hide it all the places. But I hate it to be too coarse. So I will try this next time. Thanks!
BrandyFebruary 5, 2020
I have not tried Kale yet. I guess I should though! I love a good salad, this is right up my alley with what I enjoy eating during my busy work at home days.
Chef DennisFebruary 5, 2020
This Salas looks really delicious and so refreshing to eat. I’m sure my wife will love to have this on her plate. Thanks for sharing
Ruth IFebruary 5, 2020
I love this easy and healthy recipe! It looks so delicious!
Melissa DixonFebruary 5, 2020
I love the way this looks, and I can not wait to try it out. I love a good salad and this looks perfect.
KathyFebruary 5, 2020
I do love a good kale salad. This one sure does look amazing too. I’m all about salads. They are so good for you, and you can easily switch them up.
TasheenaFebruary 5, 2020
I can not wait to try this recipe. This salad looks so yummy and refreshing. I wish I had everything on hand to make this right now.
Jenn @ EngineerMommyFebruary 5, 2020
I love kale. I make kale chips all the time with some olive oil and sea salt. This salad looks easy to make and sounds delicious.
AcupofassamteaFebruary 5, 2020
Looks so hearty and healthy. I surely need to give it a try.
Cathy MiniFebruary 6, 2020
What a nice salad recipe. I should add this on my recipe, it looks so good!
SwathiFebruary 6, 2020
This massaged kale salad looks delicious great meal with quinoa. I need to try it.
rikaFebruary 6, 2020
I love Kale and I can eat it every day! This salad looks so good! I can’t wait to try this recipe!
Cristina PetriniFebruary 6, 2020
Strange but true I can’t eat salad, but I love to prepare it for my family. This recipe is very interesting indeed.
ChadFebruary 6, 2020
I’ve had Kale salad before and I love it!!! But i had no idea that you needed to massage the leaves, this is an awesome tip.
Terri SteffesFebruary 6, 2020
I am just loving the idea of “massaging the kale.” It hits my funny bone! Is this filling? What I find is that I am hungry within minutes of eating a kale salad.
HeatherFebruary 6, 2020
I’m all about kale chips. I can’t eat them daily! I haven’t been able to find a raw version that I love. I’m going to try this one!
CatherineFebruary 6, 2020
Kale is probably one of my favorite salad greens and it’s so good in a variety of ways. I love the sound of this simple yet hearty salad…looks delicious!
Yeah LifestyleFebruary 6, 2020
Such a refreshing salad, I personally love kale and eat it as much as I can and this recipe looks so easy to prepare as well. Will give it a go.
Ashley RFebruary 7, 2020
This looks delicious. I need to try this. Soaking it is such a good idea.
Dan "Jay" ReyesFebruary 7, 2020
I like salad and this massaged kale salad looks tempting to eat 🙂
RaissaFebruary 7, 2020
Yummy and healthy at the same time.
Krista- recoveringsuperwomanFebruary 8, 2020
I really love feta and kale together! Great recipe with elegant photos!