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Massaged Umami Kale Salad

10 min


Kale pairs best with salad dressings that are intensely flavourful, which is certainly the case with the salad dressing featured in this recipe.



10 min


10 min


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  • 10
    kale leaves
  • ½
    lemon, juiced*
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    sesame oil
  • ½ tsp
  • ½ tsp
    onion powder
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper


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  1. Remove the leaves of the kale from the stem. We don’t want to keep the stems as they are too tough to eat. Then cut or rip the leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Place the kale in a large bowl and massage with your hands for 2 - 3 minutes until it's reduced in volume, soft and tender.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix together all of the remaining ingredients.
  4. Pour the dressing over the kale, and massage it into the kale as best you can. The more the kale is massaged, the less bitter the taste, and the easier it becomes to chew and digest.
  5. Top with the desired toppings and enjoy!


  • Make-ahead: you can make the dressing ahead of time and also massage the kale ahead of time and store them separately in the fridge. When ready to serve, simply toss together.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, if the kale and sauce are stored separately.
  • If already mixed, best if enjoyed within 1 - 2 days.

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