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kale avocado salad

kale avocado salad_hot for food

If you’re afraid of eating raw kale, don’t be. I’m here to rescue you with my kale avocado salad! The secret is a sea salt massage. For the kale, not you! It’s a superfood after all, and it deserves your love and attention. Massaging the leaves makes it less tough and much more enjoyable to eat. You won’t believe the difference in taste and texture! 

Truth is, the more you eat dark leafy greens the more your body will crave them. This luscious kale and avocado salad will get you eating your greens without complaining. You might even convince your friends to become kale-lovers, too! 

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kale avocado salad

This hearty kale avocado salad is bursting with flavor from a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon, garlic, and dijon. It really hits the spot on those days you’re craving greens!

Course Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword avocado, kale, kale salad, salad, salad dressing
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 large or 4 small
Author Lauren Toyota



  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard


  • 6 C finely chopped kale, stems removed
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 C dried black currants
  • 1/4 C pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 C shredded vegan parmesan (optional)
  • ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well.
  2. Massage the finely chopped kale in a large mixing bowl with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt with your hands until wilted and deeper green in color. This takes about 2 minutes.

  3. Add red onion, avocado, currants, pumpkin seeds, vegan parmesan (reserving some for the top), and ground black pepper to the kale and toss until well combined in all of the dressing. Serve immediately!

  4. The salad keeps well for 1 day in the fridge even with dressing on it, but it's best eaten immediately.


  • Ishra 9 years ago

    I’m on this Kale movement! I read about in In Style – I’m gonna try out your recipes!

  • Fa-la-la-la-lafels « hot for food 9 years ago

    […] I made these ones by combining a couple of recipes. They were great paired up with my new-found Kale Salad and stuffed in a whole wheat […]

  • Bridget 2 years ago

    This was good! I added some chopped up chick’n strips for something extra and it was a great post-run meal!

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