addictive avocado and lemon kale salad :: by radish*rose

addictive avocado-lemon kale salad

So, apparently kale becomes a different thing altogether, and much more likable, if you *massage* it.  Really.  (I am sure the same could be said of certain people, self included.)

The avocado becomes the dressing, so you don’t need much oil.  If there’s an unsuspecting, uncertain-about-kale person around, you should give them the job of doing the  massaging.  Just put everything in the bowl, tell your friend to wash their hands and massage the salad. This is what will happen:

Friend (dubious expression): Really?

You: Really.  Just rub the avocado into the kale.  OK?  (turn away and become busy with another very important kitchen task)

Friend (massaging away): Um, OK… Hey, this is fun.  Oh… my hands are all avocado-y.  (turns towards kitchen sink, licks fingers on the way) – YUMMMM!!  OMG. Wait, what did you say was in this??

You: *secret smirk*


kale avocado lemon salad ingredients



5-6 oz. mixed kale or Lacinto kale, cleaned, ribs removed, and torn into 2-3″ pieces (if baby kale, no need to tear or remove ribs)

1 avocado

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 T. good olive oil

Large pinch of flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Freshly ground pepper

Optional: Toasted sliced almonds


Put all in large salad bowl.  Massage the avocado into the kale with your hands until it is all creamy.  (The volume will get a lot smaller so if you want to put it in a smaller bowl at this point for serving, go ahead.)  Top with the toasted sliced almonds.

CHEATER “TOASTED” TAMARI ALMONDS:  I keep my sliced almonds in the freezer and here is what I do to “toast” them and boost umami (savory) flavor.  Place 2-3 T. of sliced almonds in a small microwave-proof bowl.  Sprinkle with a few drops of tamari, toss to coat all.  Microwave for 1 min.  They will get very warm and kind of stick together.  Break them apart before sprinkling on top of the salad.

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