Massaged Kale Salad with Dijon Dressing

I originally had this recipe listed in my Thanksgiving post, but it’s just so yummy, I decided it deserved its very own post.

This was such a tasty surprise. I heard about these “massaged” salads and it’s genius–massaging the leaves of the kale with a fat (for example, oil or avocado) softens and slightly wilts them. The kale really tastes great in this recipe–no bitterness at all.

Massaged Kale Salad with Dijon Dressing
Massaged Kale Salad with Dijon Dressing
Recipe type: Salad
  • 1 bunch chopped kale leaves, stems removed
  • 1 handful dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ¾ cup white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Dressing:
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 Tbsp agave (1-2 Tbsp honey would probably sub well)
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a bowl, then drizzle over the chopped kale leaves.
  2. Massage the dressing into the leaves for a couple minutes until the leaves are softened.
  3. Add in the cranberries, walnuts and beans and toss.
  4. Yes--I admit it--the dressing has oil and is therefore not a whole foods dressing. I didn't have any avocados handy, though. I'll try that next time!

One Response to “Massaged Kale Salad with Dijon Dressing”

  1. Looks and sounds delicious!!!!

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