Massaged Kale Salad

Everytime I come across a Kale recipe on Youtube or blog, I feel a pang of envy because I have never been able to find that in KL. And to be honest this nature’s superfood was not on my radar when I was still living in Oz, as it hasn’t gained such a huge popularity yet. Oh, once I did see that in B.I.G but the price was way too crazy, I picked it up and hesitated. Only until a couple of days ago when we were at our local supermarket I finally saw some imported Kale for quite reasonable price, so I snatched a bunch in a heart beat.

Green and Beautiful

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the Brassica family, a group of vegetables including cabbage, collards, and Brussels sprouts that have gained recent widespread attention due to their health-promoting, sulfur-containing phytonutrients. Curly kale has ruffled leaves and a fibrous stalk and is usually deep green in color. It has a lively pungent flavor with delicious bitter peppery qualities.

Nutrients wise, it has high content of antioxidants, dietary fibre, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and not to mention various Vitamins and Minerals. It’s no wonder Kale has been dubbed the new Superfood. And don’t be intimidated by the extreme green hue, when prepared right, it can be quite delicious (as far as vegetables can be of course, I’m not going to promise tasting bacon from this, although you are welcome to add some….).

There are many ways Kale can be cooked. Braised, Steamed, Baked in to chips, Blend into juice but for the first recipe, I wanted to try it in its Raw form. Particularly, I wanted to have a go at “massaging” the kale. So I explored my fridge for some salad ingredients and put this salad together. Of them there was a bulb of fennel I had wanted to cook with some fish but didn’t get to, but just as well because I love the aniseed flavour when it’s raw.

Eat the rainbow!

This salad took no time at all to put together and it has a lovely balance of sweet and tartness, complete with delightful texture and crunch. Here’s the recipe:

Massaged Kale Salad (serves 2 or 1 very hungry person)
2 large stalks of Kale
1 Medium Apple
1/8 Small Purple Cabbage
1 Small Carrot
1 bulb medium Fennel
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon honey (Omit for those on Whole 30)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Tear the kale leaves into small section and remove the hard stalks. In a large bowl, add a little olive oil and salt and get both hands to massage the leaves until the leaves are nicely wilted and soft. It’s quite a therapeutic process, mind you.

Slice the apple thinly and slice the purple cabbage, carrot and fennel into thin strips. Meanwhile mix olive oil, lemon juice, and honey and whisk well. Mix all fruits and vegetables together (arrange nicely if you like) and drizzle the dressing over. Season with salt and pepper if you like. Serves as is or cold.

Of course, when it comes to salads, the sky is your limit. Feel free to add your choice of fruits (mango is quite popular with kale, orange too) and perhaps some nuts too. I like to keep my dressing fairly simple to eat clean, you can always spice it up with more herbs and spices.

Kale Salad and a cat.

Bonus Pic: Featuring the very adventurous Harry (who once went missing for a week and caused a ruckus) was being his mischievous self nosing around.

Back to the salad:

I feel healthy just looking at this!

Can’t wait to buy more Kale!

This post has been included in the article <Twinkl’s top veggie recipes> by International educational publisher, Twinkl – you can read more here.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. gourmetdreamsandskinnyjeans says:

    We absolutely love Kale. Tastes amazing cooked or in salads and is so good for you. We have a recipe for a tasty green smoothie with Kale on our blog site (under our section called, “Skinny Jeans”) — do have a look at it (and the rest of the site) if you have time 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Thank you! I am loving your blog already!

      1. gourmetdreamsandskinnyjeans says:

        Oh…Thank YOU! That means a lot! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  2. Great minds think alike. Your kale salad is just gorgeous!

    1. kellysiew says:

      Just checked out yours…. I want strawberries in my Kale Salad next time!

  3. Baby Sumo says:

    Oooo you literally have to “massage” the kale.. I was wondering what was behind the name. LOL. Looks nice and colorful.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Hehehe I find joy in massaging vegetables!

  4. Phong Hong says:

    So colourful and tasty! And it is interesting to massage your salad 🙂

    1. kellysiew says:

      Yeah I think food taste better when you put your both hands into it. Hahaha

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  6. this makes me want to rush out somewhere and order a kale salad! 🙂

  7. Chris says:

    I just did something similar but cut the kale into thin shreds. Did not have to massage. Pleased this salad with dressing on keeps very well in the fridge, tastes same after 3 days in the fridge.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Cutting it super thin has the same effect as massaging too. As it is pretty sturdy, I am not surprised it can keep for a few days in the fridge.

  8. justine says:

    Where’s your local grocer? Am curious to cook with kale but BIG prices are really a killer.

    1. kellysiew says:

      Village Grocer, Mont Kiara. They don’t have it all the time though.

      1. justine says:


  9. April Knight says:

    Delicious!! I want to try!!
    Here more Vegan tasty recipes –
    Try! I love it!)

  10. Sounds great!! I want to try!)
    I like this recipe – Tomato cucumber salad Fresh, delicious and healthy!!)

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