Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado

I’ve eaten this salad 3 times in the past 7 days.

No joke.

I just can’t seem to get enough of the incredibly fresh, nourishing, and delicious combination of healthy ingredients.

First off, kale. I just might be the healthiest substance you can put into your body; and this nutritional superstar really is tasty raw, when you “massage” it with olive oil and coarse salt.

Then we have avocado and mango, which is a true match made in heaven. Creamy and rich meets sweet and juicy. I could eat a bowl of chopped avocado and mango and call it a meal. No problem.

Finally, finish off the salad with toasted sliced almonds and coconut flakes…


The salad can be made a few hours in advance and is best served at room temperature, rendering it perfect as part of a packed lunch.

Vegetarian. Vegan. Raw (well, minus the lightly toasted almonds & coconut).

Does it get any healthier than this?!


Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado

by Lauren Zembron (adapted from Aarti Sequeira)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Keywords: salad main side vegan vegetarian raw kale avocado coconut mango spring summer

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 bunch lacinato (dinosaur) kale, leaves torn from the stalks and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Lime Olive Oil, such as Boston Olive Oil Company Whole Fruit Persian Lime (alternately, you can use 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice)
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp agave nectar or honey
  • 2 ripe champagne mangos, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup toasted unsweetened flaked coconut


In a large bowl, toss the sliced kale leaves with a small drizzle of the olive oil and a bit of Kosher salt; massage with your hands until the kale softens and wilts, about 2-3 minutes.

In a small bowl or jar combine the remaining olive oil, honey, and salt & pepper to taste. Whisk or shake until well-combined.

Toss the massaged kale with the dressing and add in the diced mango and avocado.

Serve at room temperature topped with the toasted sliced almonds and flaked coconut.

Can be made a few hours in advance.

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22 thoughts on “Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado

  1. Gosh I love mango and avocado together. And I’m really into the massaged kale lately. It’s much more satisfying than spinach or lettuce.

  2. I just bought a couple champagne mangoes and have been wondering what to do with them. I also happen to have dino kale and avocado in the fridge. Must make this asap!

  3. Good thing kale is so darn good for you – I have no issues finishing off a giant bunch of it myself in a couple of days!

  4. I just discovered your blog today while googling kale, mango avocado. This looks fantastic and you just posted it yesterday. We are thinking alike!! I’m adding this site to my favorites!!

  5. This recipe is the bomb! It was like eating dessert. No wonder everybody’s talking about massaging kale! Thanks for a great recipe. Will make it again and again.

  6. I love kale and avocado! I just made this salad minus the mango and coconut and it was still amazing!!

  7. I am totally addicted to massaged kale salads at the moment, making and eating them everyday, some days twice a day! always looking for fresh new ideas. this is perfect as mango season has just kicked off here in Australia and I’ll be making this one tonight. Thank you!

  8. We had two mangoes that needed to be eaten so this salad was more like dessert. Seriously.

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