I've been making variations of this salad for years. I recently learned how to massage the kale and it makes a huge difference. I had a friend ask for my recipe and I realized I don't have one. This is my first attempt at writing a recipe, so please let me know how it works out! I like to change up the ingredients: sometimes a pear instead of an apple, cranberries instead of currants, Parmesan instead of feta, etc. Great as a side dish or by itself the next day for lunch!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Massage kale with salt in a large mixing bowl for 2 minutes. Pour vinegar over the kale and toss to coat. Fold apple, feta cheese, currants, and pine nuts into the kale.

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Nutrition Facts

102 calories; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 12.4g; fat 4.8g; cholesterol 9.3mg; sodium 287.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2012
I have been trying to incorporate more dark, leafy greens into my diet but have been fighting with kale's toughness and bitterness. I had no idea that a two minute salt massage could make such a HUGE difference. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Leslie for this fabulous recipe and especially for the priceless tip tucked inside! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2014
This was alright. Thanks for the tip of massaging salt on the kale to make it less course. I will be enjoying more kale in my salads this way. Read More
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152 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 113
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2012
I have been trying to incorporate more dark, leafy greens into my diet but have been fighting with kale's toughness and bitterness. I had no idea that a two minute salt massage could make such a HUGE difference. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Leslie for this fabulous recipe and especially for the priceless tip tucked inside! Read More
(76)
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2013
Pretty delicious! I wasn't sure what "massaging" meant- so I just put a bunch in a large bowl and started kneading it lightly with my fingers. After about a minute it started to wilt and release a bit of its liquid. At 2 minutes it had decreased in volume by almost half and was looking tasty. I substituted walnuts for pine nuts and cranberries for currants based on what I had in my fridge. I also added a tablespoon of olive oil. Very versatile. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2012
Thank you! I've always hated kale - too coarse-textured- but have eaten it because it's good for me. That massaging does the trick and the combination is very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2012
This is delicious. Thanks for sharing the tip about massaging the kale. I have disliked eating kale for years because of its taste. I will like eating every week for years to come now. I could not find currants where I live so I used strawberries. I am not sure about the difference in taste as I have never had currants but it is quite good. I also substituted walnuts for pine nuts. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2015
I can see buying a lot more kale in my future! This was delicious! This was my first time preparing a raw kale dish. I use kale quite often in my raw juices and I've had kale salad in restaurants but I've always been a little hesitant to make it at home. Like everyone else has mentioned the massaging makes a world of difference. DO NOT skip this step. This salad had a perfect balance of flavors.salty nutty sweet and it's incredibly healthy. This would definitely impress dinner guests. A keeper for sure. Thanks for the great recipe Leslie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2012
Delicious! I will use a little less salt next time though. Thanks for sharing this easy versatile and healthy recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2014
We're growing so much kale this year we are trying 2 new recipes a week. This is our favorite. So easy and refreshing and healthy! You won't even miss the lack of dressing, as the salt massage and apple cider vinegar give it just enough flavor. Didn't have currants or pine nuts so substituted dried cranberries and chopped almonds instead. Still delicious! Still great on day 2...cider kept the apples from turning brown. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2014
This is a good way to incorporate kale into anyone's diet. "Massaging" the kale was new to me but I like to try new things. Another word would be kneading like bread dough but using a softer touch. I added apples craisins and feta cheese. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2014
loved to learn about massaging Kale this was a bit salty but I have since learned salt is not needed when massaging. A great recipe though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2014
This was alright. Thanks for the tip of massaging salt on the kale to make it less course. I will be enjoying more kale in my salads this way. Read More
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