Super Simple Raw Kale Salad

Kale is pretty much the poster child for healthy eating, isn’t it? Before I cleaned up my diet, I’m not sure I’d ever had a single bite of kale. But slowly I opened up my world to this dark, leafy green. I started by blending it into green smoothies. And then baking it into kale chips. And then I started sautéing it as a side dish. And now, I’ve reached 100% kale love, because I’m eating it raw, kids!

kale salad

Even to the hardiest of veggieaholics, I know raw kale can sound a little…kale-y. And it is, but by massaging the world’s simplest dressing (seriously, it’s so easy) into the leaves for a few minutes, the kale softens both in texture and flavor. It’s incredible how a few minutes of massaging completely relaxes the kale. It almost turns it into an entirely new veggie.

kale salad

I wasn’t kidding about the whole world’s-easiest-dressing part, either. This avocado-based dressing is so easy you just mix it up right in the bowl with the kale. It’s also oil free and only has four ingredients (two of which are salt and pepper). The flavors are so bright and creamy, and it pairs so beautifully with the earthy kale.

I’m kinda in love with this salad. Not only is it pretty much the simplest salad on the planet, but it also comes together so quickly that it’s a perfect way to inject some serious nutrition into any lunch or dinner—even on a weeknight. It also works as a beautiful base for lots of other delicious toppings—I topped mine with leftover roasted beets and asparagus. Yum!

kale salad

Of course, kale really is one of the world’s healthiest foods. Did you know a one cup serving of kale has 1327% of your daily vitamin K intake (that’s no typo, friends)? Plus 354% of your vitamin A and 88% of your vitamin C! Wowzers. Eat more kale.


Super Simple Raw Kale Salad

Super Simple Raw Kale Salad

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This simple raw kale salad is pretty much the cleanest, healthiest, simplest salad on the planet, but it also comes together so quickly that it's a perfect way to inject some serious nutrition into any lunch or dinner—even on a weeknight.


  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the kale in a large bowl. Using clean hands, squeeze the avocado half into the bowl and continue massaging the avocado into the kale until the leaves relax and are all coated in avocado—about five minutes.
  2. Squeeze in the half of lemon juice, season with salt and pepper and then toss to coat. Serve as is or top with other yummy salad toppings.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 6gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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  1. Kale salad is still my all time favorite. Plus giving it a nice little massage totally helps take it from ehhh to scrumptious!

  2. I have several of those Eat More Kale shirts 😉

    I agree, massaging kale turns it into a whole new thing! this salad looks SO good, I love roasted veggies – perfect salad topper!

  3. i have seriously never commented on a blog.. regardless of the 1000’s of posts, recipes, ideas and many other things i have viewed. but had to say.. love your whole concept and i have just pinned 5 recipes and made an entire weeks menu of my own.. happy to say my grocery list is 90% veggies. thanks ma’am!