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Super Delicious Massaged Kale Salad With Pistachios, Tomatoes, And Olives

If you’ve ever had a raw kale salad, you might have noticed that the kale was a little bitter and its texture a little coarse. However, if you massage the kale for only about five minutes, it will begin to soften and wilt. This seems to break down its dense cellulose structure leaving it easier to digest and much tastier. Go ahead. Give your kale a good massage. It just may become your favorite way to enjoy this superfood.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Massaged kale
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 158kcal


  • a bunch of kale
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pistachio nuts shelled and chopped
  • organic cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • Kalamata olives


  • Wash kale and remove the leaves from the stems.
  • Wash the leaves again, and place them in a large bowl. Add oil, lemon juice, and salt. Then as if you were kneading dough, start massaging those leaves. After about 2 minutes you will actually feel their tough structure breaking down. Continue to massage, rubbing the leaves together and tearing them apart. You'll notice the leaves turning a deeper green. The volume will shrink to about half, too.
  • After 5 minutes, taste the kale. When you find the once bitter taste has been transformed to a lightly sweet and nutty taste, your kale is ready.
  • Toss with chopped pistachios, sliced cherry tomatoes, and olives. Serve with a light vinaigrette.


If you’re concerned about nuts manufactured on shared equipment with gluten containing products, check out Nuts.com that prominently labels which products of theirs are certified gluten-free).


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.6g
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