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THIS LIGHT AND RAW PREPARATION OF KALE is the perfect warm-weather alternative to sautéing and allows me to keep the nutritional powerhouse of kale in my diet year-round. If you thought kale required cooking, you’ll be delightfully surprised at how tender and delicious this preparation is.


2 bunches kale (about 4 heaping cups chopped)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1⁄8 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoongrated fresh ginger
1⁄2 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
1 small carrot, grated
3 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice


Remove stalks from kale and discard. Chop leaves into small pieces and place in mixing bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and, using your fingers, gently massage oil into leaves. Sprinkle with sea salt and ginger, add avocado and continue massaging until leaves are evenly coated. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.

Add onion, red pepper, carrot and sunflower seeds, and toss. Drizzle lemon and lime juice over salad, massage juices into leaves and toss to distribute ingredients evenly. Season to taste with salt, massage one last time and serve.


Try this raw kale salad with fresh basil, heirloom tomatoes and avocado in the summer, or red onion, orange slices and pumpkin seeds in winter.

© 2012 Terry Walters



  1. Posted August 4, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    This is a delicious, fresh, and colorful salad! I also added some raisins/dried cranberries and cherries. They added some sweetness and even more texture. Yum!

  2. Posted January 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    This salad is SO delicious and easy to make. I am happy that I can now eat raw kale regularly. I plan to add blood oranges and pine nuts the next time I make this which will most likely be within the next few days. 🙂

  3. Posted March 26, 2015 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    The Whole Foods at Cupertino, CA, makes a very similar salad and with a similar name too (Kale Confetti Salad). It is probably their best salad, both for taste and nutrition. Thanks for the alternate recipes for it.

  4. Posted March 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    It’s definitely one of my favorites – from CLEAN START, 2010. Enjoy!

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