Rubbed the Right Way Kale

Looking for a simple and healthy side? Why not grab a bunch of kale tonight.

It is Summer and hot and I am really too busy to do a lot of cooking. This recipe can make everyone happy, whether you are looking for a raw food, vegetarian or no-cook dish.

I know, kale can be a little bitter, sometimes tough, but I want to share a simple and fast way to serve it up so you can reap the health benefits of this dark leafy powerhouse. Use this as a base for building a healthy salad, or eat it on it’s own. I like to toss in some dried cranberries and almonds or just a garden fresh tomato. This is so simple you might be surprised.

Rubbed the Right Way Kale

Rubbed the Right Way Kale


  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 -2 Tbsp. olive oil (start with the least amount first)


  1. Separate the kale leaves from the tough stalks. Rinse, pat dry and cut into bite-sized pieces. Place these in a big bowl.
  2. Take the lemon half and squeeze it right over the kale. I squeeze into a small mesh colander to catch any seeds and stray pulp. Then sprinkle on a little sea salt and drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil over the leaves. There should be enough to wet the leaves, but nothing collecting in the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Then get into the bowl with your hands and start rubbing the leaves together. The acid from the lemon starts to soften the kale and the salt helps to bruise and soften them further. Rub till all the leaves are coated with lemon and olive oil.
  4. Serve right away as is or dress it up with your favorite veggies or fruit.

Now it’s you turn! Please link up your healthy recipes below:

Submitted by Andrea (@ href="">notimeMom) from Adventures in All Things Food. Farmer’s wife, SAHM and foodie at heart.

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  1. Sounds great! I like to add tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives and tiny bit of crumbled feta for a Greek-style Kale salad – but i’ve never tried rubbing it to break it down and soften it some. I have a couple bunches in my sink right now – I’ll give it a shot!


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