Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado

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Christina Ross
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Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado is a vibrant and nutritious dish that combines the earthy flavor of kale with the sweet and creamy goodness of ripe mango and avocado. This salad is not only delicious but also packed with essential nutrients, making it a perfect choice for a healthy meal or a side dish. The secret to making kale tender and flavorful in this recipe is massaging the leaves with a zesty dressing. Let’s dive into this simple and refreshing recipe that’s sure to become a favorite in your kitchen.

Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado

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…

Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado


Massaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado

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?!

NameMassaged Kale Salad with Mango & Avocado
Prep Time15 minutes
Cooking Time0 minutes (no cooking required)
Total Time15 minutes
Yield4 cups of salad


  • 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

Estimated Nutrition per Serving

  • Calories: 250
  • calories Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 90mg
  • Carbohydrates: 22g –
  • Fiber: 7g –
  • Sugars: 10g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 4500
  • IU Vitamin C: 60mg
  • Calcium: 110mg
  • Iron: 2mg


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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