lemon avocado massaged kale salad

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, Dinner, Gluten Free, raw, recipes, Vegan

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 andΒ 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. IΒ I made a two ingredient version of myΒ avocado sauceΒ 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…



{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) July 17, 2012 at 6:03 am

LOL – love the segue πŸ˜‰ 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!


2 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

like that? I’m smooth. πŸ˜‰ 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?


3 christina July 17, 2012 at 6:13 am

Wouldn’t it be great if kale could massage you back?


4 lindsay July 17, 2012 at 10:29 am

bwhahahaha! so true. and we deserve it!


5 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:23 pm

yes we do! πŸ˜€


6 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

yes. yes it would.


7 Allie July 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

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…


8 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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


9 yumgoggle July 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

Now you got me curious what is in the royal handbag? πŸ˜‰ 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. We’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 =)


10 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

thanks for sharing – the site looks great! I’ll sign up soon.


11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

I am so glad you have found some laughter and silliness! We all need that from time to time! That salad looks delicious! I need to get to massaging my kale. I have still not tried that yet!


12 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

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


13 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy July 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

that sounds so delicious! and that is exactly why i love FB:)


14 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:24 pm

right? we have been having so much fun on facebook… TOO much fun πŸ˜€


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

cannot go wrong with a massaged kale salad – love them!


16 Ana y Blanca July 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

that sounds so delicious!!


17 purelymichelle July 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm

this is exactly how I eat my kale salads, sometimes throw some hemp seeds or tahini in too


18 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm

today’s kale salad had tahini… SO good.


19 Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com July 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

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!


20 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

this should renew your love of kale! πŸ˜€


21 Garo July 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

very unique method, sounds good


22 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

thank you, Garo! I got some weird looks with this idea, but ultimately everyone loved it!


23 Jobo July 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

What’s in your handbag? Haha, that’s hysterical. And yum, yet another crazy good looking meal!!


24 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

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


25 Stephanie July 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

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.)


26 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:33 am

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

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


27 Stephanie July 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm

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!


28 spabettie July 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I need to buy the book and see! we said some pretty crazy things were in there πŸ˜€ 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


29 kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty July 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

unfortunately, a ton of tissues – i have the WORST seasonal allergies. also, my flask. :)

thank you for visiting and sharing your seasonal post with us at The Fresh Foods Blog Hop – I hope you’ll stop by again this Wednesday!


30 spabettie July 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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


31 Lou August 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm

great idea using the avo for massage! (wow, in any other context that sounds weird?) πŸ˜‰


32 Hier September 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

Massaging kale is my fav topic. Thanks for sharing information on that issue. Thanks, Nuria :)


Leave a Comment

{ 2 trackbacks }

Previous post:

Next post: