Kale Salad Recipe

Back during Vegan Week, I introduced one of my favorite vegan (and raw!) lunches: the massaged kale salad. I eat this salad at least twice a week, if not more- often my classic version with a small side, but I also like to mix it up a little.

I thought it would be fun to share a few of my combinations with you, to show you just how versatile this simple green meal can be.

Kale Salad: Three ways

Greek Kale Salad
In this recipe I sub olive oil for the avocado, creating a Mediterranean flare.

1/2 large bunch kale, washed, dried and torn into small pieces
1+ tablespoons olive oil (enough to coat and wilt your salad)
lemon juice and sea salt, to taste
1/2 medium cucumber, cut into wedges
small handful sundried tomatoes, packed in oil
4-5 kalamata olives, sliced
goat or feta cheese, crumbled as a garnish

Massage the kale with olive oil, lemon and salt until it starts to wilt. Add cucumber, sundrieds and olives, mix well. Top with crumbled goat cheese!

Asian Kale Salad
This recipe has an Asian flair with some seaweed and sesame.

1/2 large bunch kale, washed, dried and torn into small pieces
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 avocado
tamari, to taste
pinch dried ginger
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped small
1/2 sheet nori (or other seaweed of choice, about 1/4 cup’s worth)
1 tsp sesame seeds or gomasio*

Massage kale with lemon, sesame oil, avocado, tamari to taste and ginger. Mix in bell pepper and nori, top with sesame seeds.

Mexican Kale Salad
Lime juice, cilantro and cayenne pepper give this salad a Mexican kick.

1/2 large bunch kale, washed, dried and torn
1/4 avocado
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
pinch sea salt
cayenne pepper and cumin powder to taste
1/2 cup black beans
1/4 cup corn
1/2 medium vine ripe tomato
1 green onion, sliced
small handful cilantro

Massage kale with avocado, lime, sea salt and spices to taste. Add black beans, corn, tomato, green onion and cilantro, mix to combine.

Now that I think of it, A sprinkle of nooch on top of this would be amazing as well!

**These salads are not entirely raw. That doesnt mean theyre not super healthy! There is a large quantity of raw greens, healthy fats and crunchy veggie love in there so I think it absolutely counts as a health-promoting, enzyme-filled high-raw lunch. In fact, I think Im going to make one for myself today! :)**