Massaged Kale Salad (Aarti Sequeira)

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“I LOVE Aarti and this is one of the first recipes she did when she became The Next Food Network Star. I had never tried Kale before but this salad looked so good when she made it I decided to try it. I tasted the Kale on the way home from the grocery store and was worried because it tasted bitter. No need to worry! The massaging technique turns the bitter coarse kale into tender bright green ribbons. The mango, honey and lemon give this salad the PERFECT balance of flavors.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 bunch kale, stalks removed and discarded, leaves thinly sliced (Aarti says black kale is especially good but I just used regular)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 14 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • kosher salt (I used about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 mango, diced small (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds (the recipe says, Small handful toasted pepitas but I couldn't find them so used toasted sunflower se)


  1. In large serving bowl, add the kale, half of lemon juice, a drizzle of oil and a little kosher salt. Massage until the kale starts to soften and wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside while you make the dressing.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk remaining lemon juice with the honey and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stream in the 1/4 cup of oil while whisking until a dressing forms, and you like how it tastes.
  3. Pour the dressing over the kale, and add the mango and pepitas. Toss and serve.

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