Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds

Have you guys tried massaged kale salads yet? Just over a year ago, I made my first one. It was the first time I had ever even eaten kale. Since that first massaged kale salad, we’ve been eating them a LOT. You can throw almost anything in a kale salad and it’s going to be good. And the best part is that once the kale salad is dressed, it doesn’t get all soggy and nasty like a dressed lettuce salad.

This massaged kale salad with pear and pumpkin seeds has been packed in my lunch box regularly for the past couple of weeks. I get a big bag of kale on Sunday and whip out 5 salads, one for each day of the week. I love the crunch from the pear and the subtle aroma of the nutmeg in the salad. (Also, I prefer to use red pears, but when I just put pears on the list, Hubby grabbed the ones in the photos. Any kind of pear will work here)

One Year Ago: Pumpkin Cranberry Pecan Upside Down Cake
Two Years Ago: Thanksgiving Two-Fer Bars
Three Years Ago: Outrageous Oreo Crunch Brownies and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Four Years Ago: Potato Pancakes with Cran-Applesauce and Potato Bread (my FIRST time using yeast!)

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Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds

Yield: Serves 5-6


1 large (16 oz) bag Kale
3-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 ripe avocado
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
5 Tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 red pears, chopped


In large serving bowl, add the kale, lemon juice, and olive oil (start with just 3 Tbsp, add the last if you need it). Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the avocado and continue to massage with your hands.

Season with salt and nutmeg. Taste kale and reseason if necessary.

Mix in the pumpkin seeds and pears. Serve or store in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Recipe from Beantown Baker

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8 Responses to “Cilantro Chicken Burgers”

  1. #
    Jenny — March 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning to make these tonight! They sound so good!

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    Momma Bean — March 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I love anything with cilantro in it! Thanks!

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    Brisbane Baker — March 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    WOW, what a great combo! I will definitely be trying these some time soon!

    Check me out!

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    yumventures — March 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    I love Cara’s blog too! These look delish, I love the drunken peppers too!

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    Cara — March 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, the drunken peppers sound like such a nice touch! These could easily evolve into Cuervo & Carona burgers – catchy, right?!

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    Suzi — March 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    These look really yummy! You mentioned tequila but it doesn’t appear in the recipe… I definitely want to try these, but I need to know how much tequila to use because, well, not having tequila is not a problem in my house, haha!

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    Jen — March 28, 2010 at 4:01 am


    The original recipe from Cara’s blog uses Tequila. I didn’t have any in the house, so the recipe I posted is the adaptation that I made instead. Click here to see Cara’s original version.

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    aimeeher — April 1, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I was just wondering if it mattered what type of oatmeal we used in the recipe. Instant, slow cooking?

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