Martha’s Kale Salad

Kale saladI met our Girlfriend Martha Noon at the booksigning in Newburyport at The Best of British.  She brought me this recipe for Kale Salad which I made for dinner last night.  (You can print out her recipe card if you like.)  Lately I’m leaning more and more toward a vegetarian diet, not rigidly, but I like it better, I feel better, so it’s easy to do. So when I saw this HEALTHY recipe from Martha, I said, oh yes, please!

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fresh kale

Here’s how it’s done:  You start with a bunch of kale (try to get organic if you can) ~ wash it and let it dry.


Put the zest of one orange into a small bowl . . .

Kale salad

. . . and mix it with a half-cup of fresh orange juice.

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Speaking of orange . . . 


Whisk the juice and zest together with the rice vinegar and maple syrup and set aside.


Cut or tear a bunch of Kale into bite-sized pieces . . . removing the stems.


Put the kale in a large bowl, pour the orange dressing over, mix well, and then massage it  ~ (I know, this is a first, massaging greens, but massaging softens kale, takes away the bitterness, and makes it easier to eat) just take each piece of kale between your thumb and first two fingers and give it a good rub. To know if you’ve done it right, taste it, if it’s still bitter, massage some more.  You probably know how GOOD kale is for you? ← Click there if you don’t.



Once the kale is ready (you can even see it’s softer here), add a bag of broccoli slaw, and a half-cup each of dried cranberries, chopped walnuts and sunflower seeds. (Or instead of cranberries, try adding beets and orange segments, and maybe some creamy goat cheese).


Mix it well and let it marinate for four hours in the fridge, stirring every so often. Give yourself a hug for making such a healthy salad! It keeps in the fridge for four days.


4 Responses to Martha’s Kale Salad

  1. Amanda says:

    Whipped this up yesterday and left it in the fridge with a note for my husband that began, “You probably won’t like this . . . .” When I got home, all that was left filled a small bowl!! Thanks, Susan!! P.S. Love your website…really love it!!

  2. Melissa says:

    Just made this and am eating it now. Perfect for this time of year! I will be so happy to have something delicious and bursting with nutrients that I can eat for lunch or a snack – because the big meals coming up with be bursting with fat and salt and sugar (and I don’t want to be bursting my buttons). Oh and I used dried tart cherries instead of cranberries because that’s what I had – and they are delicious too. Will take your suggestion and add a bit of goat cheese later. . . thanks so much for this recipe!

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