; Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
kale in a bowl with a side of olive oil and a lemon wedge

How To Prep and Soften Kale for Salads

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

5 from 1 review

  • Author: Tara Smithson
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Learn How To Prep, Massage and Soften Kale for salads with olive oil and lemon juice for the perfect method to turn tough, bitter kale into tender and soft greens. If you aren't preparing raw kale salads by massaging it, you need to START!


  • 1 bunch of curly or tuscan kale (approximately 16 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Begin by rinsing and drying the kale. 
  2. Remove each stem by pulling the kale off the stems or cutting down each side of the stem to remove it. 
  3. Chop the Kale into bite size pieces and place it into a large bowl.
  4. Coat the Kale with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, juice from 1/2 a lemon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
  5. With both of your hands, begin to massage the kale. Really get in there and do this for 2 to 3 minutes until the texture looks tender and soft. (See video for demonstration)
  6. Enjoy in any salad of your choice!


Enjoy this beautifully prepped massaged kale on any salad of your choice. I love to smash up my homemade croutons into smaller pieces and serve on top of this kale with a generous amount of shredded parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: how to
  • Method: massage
  • Cuisine: american