Kale Salad

Kale Salad

I’ve joined the kale wagon here, forgive me. Kale is very “in” right now. Being low-calorie, high fibre, rich in vitamins and minerals makes kale one of the latest “superfoods” and kale salads have been popular for a while now, I even posted one here.

One of the first things to grow at my allotment this year has been kale, I hadn’t realised quite how prolific it would be and its only been big enough to pick for 2 weeks! Dont be surprised if there are a few kale recipes on here as it looks as if I’m in for a glut!

I really like kale and quite like the heartiness it provides in a salad. I am aware though that raw kale may not be to everyone’s liking as it can be a little chewy! So recently when I began reading about people “massaging”  salad dressing into kale, (that does sound a little crazy, I know!) I was intrigued. You only have to look at kale after its been watered to see how those leaves repel any moisture, it’s actually quite beautiful with the water droplets making little silvery balls all over it. So its easy to see that any dressing in a kale salad wouldn’t really be absorbed without a little help. All you do is mix your dressing and rub it into the kale leaves, the kale darkens as it absorbs the dressing. I think a quick rub is all the kale needs as my intention is not to lose all of the texture of the kale but just to soften it a little so one’s jaw isnt aching by the end of the meal!

This is a really quick salad to prepare and provides a good healthy base for many accompaniments. I enjoy this salad with boiled egg or smoked mackerel, black olives also make a good addition.

In preparation for my kale glut please do leave any kale recipe ideas in the comments section!

Kale Salad (for 2 servings)


  • 200 grams fresh kale leaves, washed
  • 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp  fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion or 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated


  1. Strip the kale from its stems and roughly chop, place in your salad bowl.
  2. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until its well blended. Pour the dressing over the kale and rub it into the leaves, be quite firm using your thumbs and fingertips to “massage” the dressing in, stop after a couple of minutes or when the kale begins to darken.
  3. Add the onion and carrot to the kale, toss together. If not serving immediately chill until needed.

Kale madebyjayne.com


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  1. #1 by Lizthechef on July 26, 2013 - 18:01

    Would love to see some photos of your garden – maybe a post? You have quite the green thumb!

    • #2 by Jayne on July 26, 2013 - 19:31

      Thanks for that idea Liz!

  2. #3 by Wendy Read (@Sunchowder) on July 26, 2013 - 18:44

    Me too! Salad looks delightful Jayne! Kale is very, very popular here too 🙂

    • #4 by Jayne on July 26, 2013 - 19:32

      Thanks Wendy 🙂

  3. #5 by Liz on July 27, 2013 - 04:24

    wow–so simple! And love that there’s so little oil in the dressing. Have heard of the “massaging,” so is interesting to hear your take. Envy your kale crop. I always have to find mine at the market. Enjoy 🙂

    • #6 by Jayne on August 2, 2013 - 13:58

      Thanks for commenting, I really do appreciate it! I wonder if I will love kale as much at the end of the crop!

  4. #7 by Charlotte @charlottekdiary on August 17, 2013 - 19:39

    This sounds so up my street. I’m going to give it a go very soon. I adore kale. So good for you too!

    • #8 by Jayne on August 18, 2013 - 18:16

      Kale is really good for you! Always nice to have some healthy dishes in mind!

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