5-Minute Massaged Kale Salad

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paleo, salad, salad dressing, vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 395 kcal
Author: Megan Gilmore
This massaged kale salad features a ripe avocado, along with a handful of other fresh ingredients, creating a tasty balance of flavors. Keep in mind that you can adjust any of the ingredients to suit your own personal taste.


  • 1-2 bunches of kale leaves , stems removed (about 6-10 ounces)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger , minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh garlic , minced
  • Nama Shoyu , or tamari, to taste
  • 5-6 drops liquid stevia (or honey, to taste)


  1. To get started, simply scoop out the flesh of the ripe avocado, and mash it together with the lemon juice, ginger, garlic, Nama Shoyu and liquid stevia.
  2. When you've got what looks like a smooth guacamole, add in the raw kale leaves and start using your hands to massage the dressing throughout. Squeeze well between your hands, almost like kneading bread dough, for a good 2-3 minutes.
  3. When the leaves are dark and wilted, give them a taste to make sure the flavor is to your liking. Adjust any flavors as necessary.
  4. Add your favorite toppings, such as roasted red peppers and green onions, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note: All of the measurements above are merely suggestions-- I usually "eyeball" most of the ingredient amounts. Be sure to taste as you go, to ensure you'll like the final result!