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This massaged avocado kale salad recipe uses creamy avocado as part of the dressing. Soft and tender, it’s an easy side salad that goes with everything!

Serving of massaged avocado kale salad in a bowl.

I’ve been a fan of massaged kale salads for YEARS! Massaging is seriously a game changer and the ultimate cure for those tough and dry salads that hardly anyone enjoys.

In this avocado kale salad recipe, we step things up a notch by adding avocado to the salad dressing. It gets massaged into the kale, making things even more creamy, tender, and delicious.

As a dietitian, it’s no surprise that kale and avocado are two of my favourite ingredients to cook with. They’re both jam-packed with nutrition benefits that I highlight in more detail below.

What’s more, this kale salad with avocado dressing is a great side salad for all sorts of proteins, like salmon or chicken! I share a handful of ideas for what to serve it with below as well. Enjoy 🙂

Want more delicious, hearty salad recipe inspiration? Check out my roundup of 15+ fall and winter salad recipes for more ideas. Or, check out my kale recipe roundup for more ways to use kale!

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Ingredients Needed

All you need to make this avocado kale salad are 7 simple ingredients:

Full ingredient measurements and detailed instructions are located in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

How To Make Kale Tender + Not So Tough

Have you ever had a tough and dry kale salad that almost put you off kale entirely? Me, too. The key to making kale soft, tender, and DELICIOUS is to massage it with a dressing.

I have a whole post about how to massage kale if you want to learn more, with detailed instructions (although I promise it’s actually very simple!)

For this salad recipe in particular, we include avocado in the dressing to make things even more soft and creamy.

Mashed avocado and salad dressing in two small bowls.

What To Serve With Avocado Kale Salad

This simple recipe goes with seriously everything! It’s a great side dish for your main meal.

As a source of veggies, fiber, and healthy fats, I’d recommend serving this kale salad with a protein and a starch to make a nutritionally-balanced meal. Below are some easy recipe ideas that would pair perfectly.

Protein dishes:

Starch side dishes:

Alternatively, you can also try topping this salad with proteins like grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, or roasted chickpeas to serve as an entrée style salad.

How Long Does This Salad Keep?

Because kale is so hearty, kale salads actually get better over time! For this reason, they’re one of my favourite type of salads for making in advance.

This salad will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, but it’s best enjoyed by the next day! I did not personally find that the avocado browned at all 🙂

Kale Nutrition Benefits

Just one cup of kale provides over 100% of your daily needs for:

  • vitamin A (206%)
  • vitamin K (684%)
  • vitamin C (134%)

Kale is also a good source of other micronutrients like:

  • manganese
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • calcium
  • copper
  • vitamin B6

That same cup provides 2 grams of dietary fibre, helping to keep your gut and heart happy. In addition to micronutrients, kale is also loaded with antioxidants, which prevent cellular damage and provide a multitude of health benefits.

Avocado Nutrition Benefits

Avocados are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which give them their signature smooth texture and mouthfeel!

Fats are super important for many processes in the body and they help your body absorb any fat-soluble nutrients present in the other ingredients in a meal. Fats also digest slower, which means they’ll help you feel fuller and more satisfied for longer.

Avocados are also an excellent source of dietary fibre, with one fruit providing about 40% of your daily fibre needs.

In terms of micronutrients, avocados are a good source of:

  • vitamin C
  • vitamin B6
  • vitamin E
  • vitamin K
  • folate
  • magnesium
  • potassium
Serving of massaged avocado kale salad in a bowl.

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This massaged avocado kale salad recipe uses creamy avocado as part of the dressing. Soft and tender, it's an easy side salad that goes with everything!
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Remove kale leaves from their hard stems. To do this, I like to hold the bottom of the stem with one hand and then slide up the stem with my other hand to get all the leaves off in one fell swoop.
  • Tear the leaves into smaller pieces, then wash and dry them well in a salad spinner. Transfer dried kale to a large mixing/salad bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, honey, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Scoop avocado into a separate small bowl. Mash with a fork.
  • Pour the dressing over the kale. Then, scoop the mashed avocado overtop. Season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.
  • Using clean hands, squeeze and massage the avocado and dressing into the kale leaves. Do this for about 1 full minute (60 seconds) – you really want to get in there to soften the leaves!
  • Once done, cover the bowl of massaged kale and let it sit in the fridge for at least 30-60 mins to break the fibres down even further.
    TIP: this is the perfect opportunity to prepare the rest of your meal! You can leave the salad in the fridge even longer if you'd like and it will continue to soften.

Notes

*SERVINGS: This recipe will make about 2-4 servings, depending on if you enjoy it as a side salad or as an entrée salad.
*STORAGE: You can keep this simple massaged kale in an airtight container or bowl in the fridge for up to 3 days, but it’s best enjoyed by the next day. I did not personally find that the avocado browned at all 🙂
*WHAT TO SERVE IT WITH? 
  • As a source of veggies, fiber, and healthy fats, I’d recommend serving this kale salad with a protein and a starch side dish. I’ve included a handful of easy recipe ideas for you in the blog post above.
  • Alternatively, you can also try topping this salad with proteins like grilled chicken, hard-boiled eggs, or roasted chickpeas and serve it as an entrée salad!

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