Apple Raisin Massaged Kale Salad

This salad is one of my favorites! Giving your kale a good rub down with sea salt draws out the bitterness of the kale and also softens it so it almost looks sauteed. This is a recipe that even non-kale fans will love!

Apple Raisin Massaged Kale Salad

Yields 4-6 servings


  • 2 bunches curly or lacinato (dinosaur) kale (de-stemmed, torn into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 apple (diced)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds


  1. Remove the kale leaves off the stem, tear into bite-sized pieces, stack and chop into thin ribbon-like strips. Wash and spin dry the kale in a salad spinner (or you can wash and pat dry the kale first before cutting it up).
  2. Put washed, chopped kale into a big bowl.
  3. Add salt and massage into kale for 2 minutes. The kale will shrink.
  4. Drizzle the oil and apple cider vinegar and toss so that all the kale is covered.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Add more salt, oil and/or apple cider vinegar as needed.

This will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.