Everyone knows that raw kale is good for you, but everyone also knows that raw kale tastes nasty, tough, bitter and should only ever eaten by that weird auntie that lives in a camper van.


When I discovered the magic of massaging kale I never looked back. It’s super easy to do and transforms the crusty bitter leaves into soft, sweet and tender deliciousness.

The brilliant Sonnet over at In Sonnet’s Kitchen explains it in much better than I do. But the long and short of it is that if you rub salt and lemon juice into the leaves, it breaks down the cell walls and tenderises the leaves leaving them softer and sweeter. After about 5 minutes of massaging, the leaves are perfect for my kale, feta & avocado salad.

kale skewers
Served with sardines, hummus and veggie skewers


Half a bag of curly kale

1 generous pinch of salt

Juice from 1/2 a lemon

1 teaspoon of olive oil

A good lump of feta, roughly crumbled

1 avocado, diced (learn how to dice an avocado without making a mess here)

¼ of a cucumber, roughly diced

½ a handful of walnuts roughly chopped

1 sprinkling of pomegranate jewels

Salt and pepper to taste

curly kale swett potatoes
Perfect served over roast sweet potatoes & grilled sardines with a good dollop of hummus


Massage the kale in salt, lemon juice and oil for 3-5 minutes or until suitably delicious. Once the leaves taste good by themselves, add in all the rest of the ingredients and toss well until everything is thinly coated in the oil and lemon juice. Season to taste adding a little more oil if needed.

Caution: This is so packed with stuff that is good for you, you might feel a bit too healthy, I try to wash it down with a bar of chocolate to restore the rightful balance of my unhealthy lifestyle.

curly kale

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  1. You really are brilliant! So clear that you have a big thing for making stuff taste tip top! Have sent a link to my buddy to try this one, no cheese for her she is vegan but this will blow her Kale mind!

    Dora 🙂

  2. Amazing! Thanks for the kind words Dora 😀
    Make sure to let me know how it goes!

  3. Hey JayJay,

    I tried this yesterday with just lemon, salt and oil. The leaves were delicious!

    Keep posting mate.


  4. Hey Jayjay!

    I tried this yesterday with just the lemon, salt and oil for the leaves. They were delicious, a nice change as I eat kale every morning with eggs!

    Thanks buddy, keep posting stuff! I’m going to try your soup recipe tomorrow.



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