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Massaged kale salad with cranberries, pepitas and goat cheese in a bowl with a fork.
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Massaged Kale Salad

This Massaged Kale Salad is one of our favorite easy salad recipes. It's the perfect side dish for weeknight dinners or a holiday meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 234kcal


For the Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
  • ΒΌ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • black pepper

For the Salad

  • 1 large bunch kale 8 to 10 cups, loosely packed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • β…“ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • β…“ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 ounces goat cheese crumbled


Make the Salad Dressing

  • Combine salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl, using black pepper to taste, and whisk to combine. Set aside.

Make the Salad

  • Cut the kale leaves off of the tough stalks and discard the stalks. Chop the kale into thin slices and wash thoroughly in cold water. Drain, dry, and place kale in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1 teaspoon olive oil over the kale. Using your hands, massage the kale until it wilts, softens, and turns darker in color, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour the salad dressing over the kale and toss to distribute evenly. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Add the pepitas, cranberries and goat cheese to the salad and mix briefly to combine.
  • Salad is best served the day it is made, but is still good on the second day.


Serving: 1/4 recipe | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 10186IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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