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Simple Massaged Kale Salad

Simple Massaged Kale Salad | Umami GirlSo. There’s no easy way into this conversation. We’re massaging our salads now. You’re looking at a picture of a massaged kale salad, and that’s a fact. I haven’t had a massage in years. But my greens can’t do yoga to keep themselves supple, so I give them what they need. That’s the life of a mom. Always putting the needs of your family first. 

Simple Massaged Kale Salad | Umami GirlWe love kale salads around here. You can find my go-to recipe for a hearty kale salad that makes a whole meal here, along with my magic blender dressing. There’s halloumi, olives, roasted potato croutons, and more. You need that salad.

Simple Massaged Kale Salad | Umami GirlI’ve also found that I need a kale salad without so much fanfare. One that’s happy to sit alongside the rest of a meal. One that’s ready in five minutes and doesn’t require a magic blender. (Heh.) That’s where this simple massaged kale salad comes in. We’ve been eating it many a night, and honestly I can’t wait to eat it again tonight. Maybe with another of these Caprese sandwiches, which I also can’t stop eating. Summer is the best. That is all.

See you soon.

Caprese Crazy| Umami Girl

Carolyn xx

Simple Massaged Kale Salad

Preparation 00:05 Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:05
Serves 4     adjust servings

Massaging the lemon juice, olive oil and salt into the kale leaves tenderizes them so much that curly kale suddenly makes sense for a salad. It also cuts the volume by at least half, so don't be deterred by the initial bulk of pure greenage.


  • 1 large bunch curly kale
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast


  • Tear the kale leaves from their stems and break into bite-sized pieces. Wash and dry thoroughly. (Discard stems or save for juicing or pesto.)
  • Sprinkle the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper over the kale and use your hands to massage the dressing into the leaves. Do this however you like -- you really can't go wrong. In a minute or two, you'll have a tender, delicious salad.
  • If you like, sprinkle with a generous amount of nutritional yeast for a pop of umami that beautifully complements the earthy kale, fruity olive oil and tangy lemon juice.


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Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.