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)

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Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds

Yield: Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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10 Responses to “Corn Tomato and Avocado Salad”

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    Cate — June 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    This looks like such a perfect summer salad. I would definitely add a ton of cilantro. I love it!

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    oneordinaryday — June 30, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Looks perfect. Yum.

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    Colleen — June 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Your pictures look great! I am glad you liked this – I need to make it again soon!

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    Mermaid Sweets — June 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    oh Yum, I will have to try this. Way to improvise in the kitchen, looks like your kitchen is still in the works.

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    thecookingnurse — June 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I have seen this recipe floating around and I must try it!

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    Ingrid — June 30, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I’m in so long as I can pick out the tomatoes! 🙂 Not a fan of them.

    Btw, I made your 40 clove chicken in the slow cooker…..HOLY COW, was that good and so easy (best part)! I’d made it before but a different recipe and not in the slow cooker. My honey actually put it all in the crockpot. My Mom loved it!
    ~ingrid

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    ellysaysopa — June 30, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I saved this from Colleen’s site, too. It looks so good. A perfect summer salad!

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    Jen — June 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    It is so good. For anyone who’s thinking about making it. DO IT! I also made it again the other day. I didn’t have an avocado around, so I just mixed in a packet of Wholly Guacomole instead. It was delicious.

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    Katie — July 2, 2009 at 12:44 am

    YUMMY! It looks great and perfect for the summer!

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    thecookingnurse — July 13, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Update! I made this and added a few additional ingredients. I love it!

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