Massaged kale salad topped with shredded parmesan.

Massaged Kale with Garlic and Lemon

This salad uses massaged kale, which makes the kale less bitter, along with garlic, lemon and parmesan cheese for a fun and different salad. 

Serves: 4


  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely minced
  • 1 bunch of green curly or lacinato kale, washed, stemmed, and cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded (optional)
  • 1/4 cup roasted nuts of choice, chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 


  1. In a small bowl, combine crushed/minced garlic and lemon juice. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, add kale, and cover with olive oil. Using your clean hands, massage the oil into the kale until the leaves soften and turn a darker green, about 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Pour lemon and garlic mixture over kale, toss to coat. 
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top salad with parmesan cheese and roasted nuts, if desired. 

Nutrition Information / Servings (4) / Amount Per Serving (1 cup): Calories 128, Total Fat 10.8 g, Saturated Fat 1.5 g, Cholesterol 0.0 mg, Sodium 171.5 mg, Total Carbohydrate 7.5 g, Fiber 2.6 g, Protein 3.1 g 

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