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Massaged Kale Salad

The trick to this Massaged Kale Salad is rubbing the leaves with dressing until they soften and darken, turning bitterness into deliciousness!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 161kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


For the Vinaigrette

For the Salad

  • 1 bunch curly kale stems removed and leaves chopped
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup toasted pecans chopped
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the chopped kale to the large bowl on top of the vinaigrette. Use your hands to gently massage the kale for a couple minutes until it becomes slightly softer and darker in color.
  • Add the red onions, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans to the massaged kale and gently toss all the ingredients together until everything is well combined.
  • Sprinkle the feta cheese on top and serve immediately.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2194IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg