An Easy Massaged Kale Salad with Fennel to Enjoy This Season

This salad is delightfully nourishing and gives you all the benefits of kale, without all the digestive distress. When you massage kale you break down some of the tough fibres in the cell wall that make raw kale hard to digest.

When I started eating healthy I couldn’t digest kale very well. It upset my digestion and I didn’t get what all the fuss was about. If this happens to you the solution is to either steam your kale or massage it. This recipe is one of my favourites because you still get all the amazing benefits of raw kale: the enzymes, magnesium, vitamin C and more.

Massaging nourishing oil and lemon juice into the kale also help make the nutrients more bioavailable and easier to assimilate. Plus, it tastes delicious and can be paired with grilled homemade veggies burgers or lentil loaf for a classic healthy meal.

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Easy Massaged Kale Salad with Fennel


  • 1 bunch kale, chopped

  • 1 large lemon, juiced

  • 1 large garlic clove, minced

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • ½ cup thinly sliced fennel

  • ¼ cup pine nuts


Add kale to a large mixing bowl along with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Using clean, bare hands, massage the kale until it is bright green and wilted (about 2 to 3 minutes).

Once the kale is ready, top your salad with carrots, celery, fennel, and pine nuts. No extra dressing is needed.

If kale is something that’s hard to digest for you, there might be a deeper issue that needs to be addressed. If you want to be able to eat whatever you want and have no digestive issues, you need to check out my gut health programs. These principles have truly transformed my life as well as countless others.

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- Catriona Humphries