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Massaged kale salad on a white table next to shaved parmesan.
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5 from 12 votes

Massaged Kale Salad (Super Easy!)

This massaged kale salad is simple, light and made with just a few fresh ingredients! It's a great side salad with enough flavor to hold it's own.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Kale Salad, Kale Salad, massaged kale salad, massaged kale salad recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 bunch curly kale
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shaved
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small skillet, heat the olive oil and add the minced garlic. Saute the garlic over medium heat for about 30 seconds. Set the garlic infused oil aside to cool.
  • Prepare the kale by removing the stems and cutting it into thin ribbons.
  • Place the kale ribbons in a large bowl and toss in the cooled olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Massage the kale for two minute with your hands, or until the leaves start to wilt.
  • Top it off with freshly shaved parmesan and serve.


  • Kale is a pretty durable green. You can store this salad for up to 3-4 days in a sealed container in your fridge. 
  • When it comes to juicing lemons, my little stainless steel juicer can't be beat. 


Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3344IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 1mg