Massaged Dinosaur Kale Salad

dino kale salad

Doesn’t this salad just look yummy? Dinosaur kale massaged with lemon/olive oil, tossed with red peppers, red onions, Roma tomatoes, herbs, roasted garlic flakes, salt, pepper and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds. That’s it.

I won’t go into the depths of why kale is good for you, because I’m sure you already know how awesome this leafy green vegetable is. If you don’t, you will find tons of information about the health benefits of eating kale on the Interweb. You’ll find that it’s a SUPER-food…. yadda yadda yadda. I suppose that means it goes around in a cape or something…

But seriously, everyone knows that we should eat more leafy greens. The problem is that to get most people to eat kale is no mean feat. I don’t mind the slight bitterness of curly kale, and love it steamed, raw, boiled, sautéed, stir-fried and roasted as chips. However, getting A to eat it on the other hand, is a different matter. To him, kale tastes like a disgusting medicine, even when (or especially when) it’s in the form of kale chips. The only way he does enjoy it is in the soup we make, but even then, he prefers the broth and carrots over the kale.

I opted to try him on dinosaur kale, known to be less bitter than curly kale. It turns out that this salad is “acceptable”, even though it’s still pretty bitter for his tastes. Believe it or not, I taste sweetness not bitterness in this salad. It is funny how our taste buds can differ. It could just be a matter of slowly tuning our taste buds on to accept the flavor? Oh for the calorie counters out there, half of the salad below 100 calories.

PS – save the stalks to toss in a stir-fry or munch on with hummus.

PPS – to make this salad even more awesome, add some slices of Anjou pear.


serves 2-4


For the dressing

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad

  • 1 big bunch dinosaur kale, remove center stalk/stem and chop leaves to about 2.5 cm (1 inch) strips
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/8 th small red onion, finely sliced

For the seasoning

  • roasted garlic flakes, to taste
  • dried Italian herb seasoning, or any other dried herbs you fancy, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


1. Make the dressing by stirring the lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil together until emulsified.

2. Place kale strips into a large bowl. Add dressing and massage the kale with the dressing for 1-2 minutes, or until the kale is wilted considerably. (Massage = scrunch with your hands, not the Swedish massage type strokes).

3. Throw in the red pepper, red onion and tomatoes. Season with garlic flakes, herbs, salt and pepper. Toss.

4. You can let the salad sit for 15 minutes or dish up straight away. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before dishing up. Enjoy!


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