Best Kale Salad Ever!

I have to let you know that this is the first kale salad recipe I have ever tried. And to this day, it is the absolute best recipe for kale salad I have ever eaten.

It is not tough. It is not bitter. The dressing is perfection. And It provides so much nutrition along with a serving of veggies!

I truly hope you give it a try, especially if you’ve never had kale before.

One more thing…if you try this recipe, I’d very much appreciate it if you leave me a comment and recipe rating below. Thanks so much!

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Origins of Best Kale Salad Ever

A big shout out for this massaged kale salad recipe goes to the daughter of a resident I used to help care for at Bay Shores Nursing Home and Rehab.

I am very grateful that this kind woman shared her kale salad recipe with me. My whole family loves it. And it’s a great way to incorporate dark green leafy vegetables into your diet.

If you are skeptical about trying kale or have eaten it in the past, leaving you convinced that kale is too tough or bitter, than this recipe may just change your mind.

A Nutrient Dense Food

There are so many health benefits of kale. This superfood has such a high nutrient density that it scores a 1000 on the ANDI list. Most people are unaware of this ranking system.

ANDI stands for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index. It is a ranking from 1 to 1000, developed by Dr. Fuhrman, creator of the Nutritarian diet and author of many best-selling health books, including “The End of Heart Disease” and “Eat to Live“.

This ANDI ranking is utilized at all Whole Foods markets to showcase the health promoting benefits and micronutrient density per calorie of foods.

Speaking of nutrient density, kale contains vitamins A, K, B6, C, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese along with numerous phytonutrients.

Studies link these nutrients to eye health and reducing chronic diseases, cancer, and heart disease. It also has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.

I can’t say enough about this super superfood. Add this easy kale salad to your regular repertoire to add all of these nutrients and fiber today!


With just a few simple ingredients, you will have the perfect side dish for any meal. Here is what you’ll need to prepare the best kale salad:

  • Kale
  • Sweet onion
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Kalamata olives

And here are the simple ingredients used for the best dressing for kale salad:

  • Minced garlic
  • Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids or low-sodium soy sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced ginger
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Mrs. DASH tomato basil seasoning (optional)

How to Make the Best Kale Salad Ever

Making this kale salad could not be easier!

1. Wash Your Produce

First, you’ll want to wash all your produce, including the kale leaves by tearing the leaves off each rib of kale and rinsing them under water.

Luckily, I have a handy dandy salad spinner (affiliate link) that I use to wash and spin-dry my kale leaves but this is not necessary. As an alternative, you can wash your kale leaves and pat them dry using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.

2. Mix Ingredients Together

Mix all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. No need to toss anything quite yet. You can do this after making the dressing.

3. Make the Best Dressing For Kale Salad

Next, whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or shake them up in a jar with a tight lid.

4. Massage the Salad

Massage the dressing into the salad, focusing on the kale leaves. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes to soften the kale and make it less tough.

This homemade dressing is the best dressing for kale salad or you can can use it for other salads as well.

prepared kale salad in a bowl

Serving and Storage

This easy kale salad can be served with so many other dishes. Try serving this salad with:

This salad will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours fully prepared or up to 3 days without the dressing. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container.

You may also want to wait until serving time to add the avocados so they don’t turn brown.

For more super salad ideas try my:

prepared kale salad in a bowl

Best Kale Salad Ever

A kale recipe you'll actually want to eat every day. Serve this with any roasted, grilled, or baked meat or poultry, soup, or alone with some hearty bread. This is sure to be the best the massaged kale salad you'll ever eat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 135 kcal


  • 1 Salad Spinner optional


For the Salad:

  • 1 head kale
  • ½ cup sweet onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives pitted and halved

For the Dressing:

  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Amino Acids
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 1-2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Tomato-Basil seasoning optional


For the Kale Salad

  • Rip or cut the kale leaves off the tough stalks and into fork-sized pieces. Wash them using a salad spinner (optional) or rinse thoroughly under running water then pat dry using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
  • Add the onion, tomatoes, olives, and avocado into a large bowl with the kale.

For the Dressing

  • Whisk the garlic, soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne, and ginger together in a small bowl or add to air-tight container and shake until everything is combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients and massage the kale or toss and let it sit for at least an hour before serving (if you can wait that long!).
  • Garnish with the optional Mrs. Dash if desired.


  • I almost always use cherry or grape tomatoes but you can use any type of tomato you enjoy for this easy kale salad.  
  • You can also substitute black olives for the Kalamata olives and red onion for the sweet onion. Use what you have or what you know you’ll enjoy!
Nutrition Information Per Serving (Makes 4 servings):
135 Kcal, 10 gm fat, 1 gm sat. fat, 11 gm carbohydrate, 2.5 gm protein, 5.8 gm fiber, 315 mg sodium, 472 mg potassium, 0 mg cholesterol
Keyword kale, kale salad, salad

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