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kale avocado salad

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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 luscious salad will get you eating kale without complaining!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 3 tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 C finely chopped kale, stems removed
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp finely diced red onion
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 C diced cucumber


  1. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and minced garlic.
  2. Remove the stems from your kale and finely chop the leaves with a knife into shreds or ribbons and place in bowl. Massage sea salt into the kale with your hands for 2 to 3 minutes and you will notice it starting to wilt and bring out moisture. Then toss in dressing and massage a little more.

  3. Combine the remaining ingredients into the dressed kale and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Kale is a sturdy green and actually benefits from sitting in the fridge with this dressing for a few hours. So if you are taking it for lunch or eating left overs you'll find it doesn't get soggy the way lettuce does.


  • Ishra 10 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 10 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 3 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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