best basic massaged kale salad

The BEST Basic Massaged Kale Salad

The BEST damn Kale Salad!

Basic Massaged Kale Salad with salt, pepper, lemon, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and olive oil Minimal time, minimal ingredients, but TONS of flavor.

best basic massaged kale salad

We all probably know the benefits to eating our greens…they provide ample fiber and vitamins and minerals to keep our GI tracts healthy, protect us from getting sick, and preventing disease like certain cancers, Diabetes, and Heart Disease. Do you ever struggle with making greens tasty? Or having something other than your go-to salad? I like my greens to be flavorful, but also let the freshness shine. The secret tip with this massaged kale salad is to invest in some GOOD olive oil. I mean the REAL DEAL stuff. I got some Italian Olive Oil gifted to me from my parents and I am extremely picky with how I use it…but it definitely goes on this salad. You can truly taste the difference of high quality olive oil!

best basic massaged kale salad

Another great thing about this salad? Not only does it take just 5 MINUTES TO MAKE, but it’s also a great base to add other ingredients to! I like to add extra garlic and salt to mine, and top it with crispy chickpeas, tomatoes, avocado and cucumber sometimes to bulk it up. Other times I truly like it just as it is above, as a side with other dishes like these Healthy Baked Chicken Tenders or my favorite Super Simple Salmon Burgers. Either way, make it your own and enjoy it as you like! A simple way to simply add more greens into your eating pattern, a wonderful non-diet healthy habit.


The BEST Basic Massaged Kale Salad

  • Author: Caroline


  • 2 large bunches kale
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


  1. Tear kale off stem and rip into bite-sized pieces and add to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Massage kale with hands until kale is soft.
  3. Sprinkle with lemon juice, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast, with more or less depending on taste preference.
  4. Continue to lightly massage and let sit for at least 10 minutes to soften until serving. Enjoy!


*the longer it sits the tastier it is! Massage for as long as you can to soften the kale.

best damn massaged kale salad

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