Simple Kale Salad

Posted on Jun 9 2011 - 2:14am by Mike Lieberman
    Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 1 head of kale
  • 1 lemon
  • Few slices of onion
  • Clove of garlic
  • Tablespoon of olive oil
  • Teaspoon of raw honey
  • Dash of sea salt
    How to make:
  • Chop up garlic and onion and put into a small jar or dish.
  • Squeeze lemon over garlic and onion and let sit for a few minutes.
  • Cut up kale and put into bowl.
  • Sprinkle sea salt over kale.
  • Massage the sea salt into the kale until it starts to wilt down. It might take 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour olive oil and raw honey into lemon, garlic and onion mixture.
  • Shake it up and pour over kale.
  • Massage the dressing into the salad as well.
  • The longer it sits, the softer it will get.


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  • Jecka

    Yum! Looks refreshing!

  • Mike Lieberman

    It def is and a heartier salad. This is a basic kind that you can build from.

  • Happytotravel

    I have 4 varieties of Kale growing in my garden. Will try this recipe soon and let you know what I think! Looks delicious!

  • Linda Petersen

    nom nom nom nom…

  • Small Footprints

    I love kale … it’s so healthy as well as delicious!  Definitely trying this salad out … thanks for sharing!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Nice. That’s what I likes to hear.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Most def.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Word. Lemme know your thoughts.

  • Surfmclean

    OMG…honestly I didn’t think I would like it because of the texture…but I love the texture.  I usually use kale in my soups. Love the dressing; so easy with a lot of flavor.  I’m not growing any kale because it’s too hot where I live.    Lucky for me, my store carries organic produce.

    I just want to say that I really enjoy reading your blog.    

  • Mike Lieberman

    Word. Glad you likes. The texture is sauteed like. The more you massage, the softer it gets.

    I really enjoy you reading my site. It’s much appreciated 😉

  • Summer Hodgman

    Sounds tasty, though I just moved from Michigan to the south where all the kale has already bolted.  I’m new to the whole cooking of greens thing that I’m finding is so popular here in the south… I wonder if this sort of treatment might be a good substitute;) 

  • Mike Lieberman

    Hahha. Just do it and don’t tell anyone ;-0

  • Jes

    I had a Kale Salad at Pasha Mezze in Norfolk, VA last night. Very similar to your dish here – so yummy! Thanks for the recipe I can use at home!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Nice. It’s a pretty basic recipe. Glad you likes.

  • CarolynCares

    Thanks so much for sharing this receipe.  I LOVE kale, but always steam it because I have never known a good way to eat it raw.  Your the best!

  • Mike Lieberman

    You are obviously very smart, so I won’t argue with you 😉

  • Jenn Vorraro Jorgensen

    Looks yummy!!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Most certainly is 😉

  • nicole

    I keep trying to like kale.  I had it steamed/sauteed the other night and kind of choked it down.  But this looks great!  Am not giving up!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Something will work. THis is basic, you can spice it up as you’d like.

  • Lauri

    i have a share on a farm and we get an abundance of kale each week.  this salad topped all the recipes i’ve tried so far.  now, what to do with all that chard……

  • Mike Lieberman

    Glad you likes. I’ll come up with some chard recipe for ya…

  • missjada

    I tend to use a little bit of Braggs Liquid Aminos when I massage mine… with some olive oil. It is a totally different recipe than you have here but it gives it an interesting flavor.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Nice. Sounds good.

  • Farmerfanny

    I like kale raw in salad or steamed/boiled with a bit of lemon and Veg Sal.
    Nicole just hide it in something else like a pot of beans,  a stir fry or use it like lettuce in a burrito/taco.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Beans…good call.

  • J.

    This is my first time ever at your blog and I will definitely be back. We just devoured a huge bowl of this salad – delicious and easy. Thanks!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Dope. Glad you likes. 

  • Gayle

    Thanks, I have all these ingredients at home, including the chard still in the garden, and will try it tonight!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Nice. How’d it come out?

  • Sarah

    Another cool thing you can do with kale is bake it and eat it like potato chips. Sprinkle with some olive oil, bake, and season  as desired.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Loves me some kale chips. I have a dehydrator that I make them in.

  • Gayle

    Well, after  I posted I realized the recipe was for Kale, not chard.  lol

    Bought some kale and made this salad.  We had never had kale before and now it is one of my favourite salads.  My husband even likes it!

    We’re having it again tonight!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Nice. It’s mad good.

  • Swapna

    Wow, thanks for an amazing salad recipe. We were eating kale for the first time and even my 6 and 9 yo boys LOVED it.

  • Swapna

    Oh yes, I also added diced Persian cucumbers to it..

  • Mike Lieberman

    Nice. Glad you all enjoyed. Many variations that can be made from this.