Raw Kale Salad

While the boys were on break during the holidays we got really into kale. My older one prefers his steamed and tops it with ume plum vinegar and toasted sesame oil. The little one, however, joins us in eating my raw kale concoctions.

These raw salads are super healthy, crunchy and quite delicious. We are hooked on them.

Raw Kale Salad

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Servings 4


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled and sliced


  • Chop the kale into thin ribbons (almost like a chiffonade)
  • Drizzle the kale with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  • Massage the kale with your hands to soften it, then allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes
  • Add the lime juice, vinegar, onion and orange
  • Allow to marinate for 10 minutes
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Resting Time & Marinate Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 mins
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I have made a different kale salad every night for a while now, so there could be a forthcoming kale salad series.  Stay tuned.


22 responses to “Raw Kale Salad”

  1. Thanks for this recipe. My whole family loved it, even my eleven year old son. This salad will be going into our regular rotation for sure.

  2. I realized most of my acquaintances and friends don’t know what kale is. They might have eaten it before, but they usually don’t know it was kale, because it is mostly baked into certain kinds of cakes which are popular around my area. I, on the other hand, have realized how common it was a few years ago, and I have been eating it mostly as a side dish with boiled potatoes, and fish. I sometimes top it off with a bit of beluga caviar as well. I think it is delicious, and I of course add balsamic vinegar, because it brings out the naturally sourish taste.

  3. I usually juice the kale (my juicer does not like that). The salad sounds great may have to try it next time.

  4. I’ve never had a kale salad before but I was looking for something a little different that I could try… I love the presentation of this one, and everyone seems to love it so I think I’ll try it. Any chance that you can put nuts on the top of it? Gotta love pinenuts on my salads… YUM.
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  5. I love greens, especially kale (my favorite) sauteed with garlic, olive oil and preserved lemons. Preserved lemons are great fun to make, and also can be a lovely gift for people altering their diets.

    Also, I imagine baby kale is incredible raw in this recipe. I need to look into baby greens more, as we have the garden space this year.

  6. I just came back from picking up ingredients for your ginger cookies recipe – looked in the fridge to see what I’ve got for a veggie dish tonight and realized I just happen to have some kale, oranges, red onions, and a lime. Weeeird! Guess it’s gonna be an Elana’s Pantry menu tonight. Thanks for the great recipes.

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