lemon avocado massaged kale salad

lemony avocado massaged kale salad

I cannot stop laughing.

Three friends from high school and I have been playing a new game on facebook. No, not one of those games – I’m not going to start asking people to tend my farm or fight my dragon. It all began with this photo – (which I just discovered is an actual book!!) and some funny comments listing some hilariously random articles that “Liz Has In Her Handbag”.

Since then, we have been posting photos of people with handbags, sometimes just the handbag, onto our walls, tagging each other, asking “What’s In The Handbag?” The more random the answer the better (we are incredibly witty at times), and I have been laughing so hard I cry.

…which I completely need and I welcome that laughter andย silliness.

Totally unrelated in every way except for being the Things I Cannot Stop category, I cannot stop massaging kale. I cannot stop chiffonading kale. After enjoying grapefruit kale chiffonade for about 12 days in a row, I started changing up the flavors, or massage oils, if you will.

This is my newest favorite. Iย I made a two ingredient version of myย avocado sauceย to massage into this simple salad with complex flavor.

lemon avocado kale salad

lemon avocado massaged kale salad

dairy, soy, gluten free, vegan, raw

makes two side salads or The Big Salad

2 avocados, peeled, pitted, divided
juice of 2 lemons
2 large bunches kale, stems and ribs removed

Slice avocados in half lengthwise, set one half of one avocado aside. Remove the remaining three avocado halves from their peels, place in blender. Juice two lemons into blender, process until creamy smooth.

Remove stems/ribs from each kale leaf, roll tightly and chiffonade. Place in large bowl and pour lemon avocado sauce over top, use hands to massage, coating thoroughly. Serve with reserved avocado (sliced) and tomato. Add sea salt to taste.

lemon avocado massaged kale salad

Happy Tuesday – what is in your handbag?

Right now? Mine has a jar of cinnamon. Really. It also contains Aqua Net, Aqua Velva, Aqua Fresh, Aqua Lung…




  1. says

    LOL – love the segue ๐Ÿ˜‰ I still haven’t tried massaged kale. Not sure I can take it mostly raw. Roasted, sauteed or grilled? All over that one though! I have an umbrella in my purse along with a million other things!

    • spabettie says

      like that? I’m smooth. ๐Ÿ˜‰ if you aren’t a raw kale fan you may not like it… but if you use something good and flavorful to massage… today I used tahini… maybe you’d like it?

  2. says

    Well now I want to see some example that you guys have come up with! My handbag has…a giant container full of salad (Yup, keep my lunch in my purse. Yup, I like room-temperature lunch-salad.), three books (I AM leaving for three days, after all), and a pair of socks. Because socks ALWAYS come in handy, and I’ve never regretted having socks in my bag…

    • spabettie says

      haa… your real life handbag contents are just odd enough to play this game! ๐Ÿ˜€ I keep tennis shoes (and racket, and skirt) in my car… I’ve never regretted that either!

  3. says

    Now you got me curious what is in the royal handbag? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am up for kale, anytime. I love this salad combination…
    Myfudo here…Normally we’d never put a shameless plug back to us, but we just launched our new site and we would love for you to be a part of it. I’d love to share our newest launch with you, I hope you don’t mind? Now that we are getting a new look…Myfudo is moving to a new domain http://www.yumgoggle.com This has been a project we have been working on for almost a year now. We just launched our new gallery submission site, and we are just thrilled. Weโ€™d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there! Please sign up and check us out (it’s free) http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery
    We look forward to seeing your wonderful pictures, as always.
    p.s. We are hosting a Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway to celebrate our new Yumgoggle site, we hope you’ll participate =)

    • spabettie says

      seriously, it has been incredibly therapeutic! I sit here cry-laughing – so fun ๐Ÿ˜€ I think I said this last time, get to massaging!

  4. says

    I’m a sucker for both lemon and avocado – especially in the summer. And I’m always looking for a new salad combo to spice up my boring weekday lunch. I was burnt out on kale for a bit this winter, but your photographs looks so amazing – my mouth is watering!

    • spabettie says

      seriously, we have been having TOO much fun with it. we are terribly clever and hilarious. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Stephanie says

    Just wanted to tell you I’ve got my hands ALL OVER a bunch of kale right now… and I’m thinking of you.

    WOW that sounded dirty, and all I was aiming for was *inspired*.

    (and my bag has a flask of tequila, a glass nail file, two lipsticks, two books, a bag of raw almonds, sunscreen, one journal, my phone and my wallet.)

    • spabettie says

      haa haa… that is awesome. I get where you were going with this, you get away with dirty because I know you ๐Ÿ˜‰

      AND you get bonus points for the tequila – LOVE it!

  6. says

    Soo…what was in her handbag?? :) Right now mine has a bunch of crumbs from the crackers I was carrying for James. Miss you and hope you’re doing well, Kris!

    • spabettie says

      I need to buy the book and see! we said some pretty crazy things were in there ๐Ÿ˜€ it is SO GOOD to hear from you, Stephanie!! honestly, I was just thinking about you the other day, wondering how you were, and missing you! so this is very serendipitous that you stopped by! hope all is fantastic with you all! XXO

    • spabettie says

      tissues (yes, I have those allergies too) and a flask? you are well prepared for many things. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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