PUREmamas Marinated Kale Salad

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite healthy salads with the Chalkboard Mag’s fanbase. What a delight.

I chose this dish to launch my first post because it was one of the salads that I created when I went raw vegan a few years back. I am no longer 100% raw vegan, but was for a good year, and wow, it was an amazing year, to say the least. It got me hooked on dark leafy greens and in addition, all of my family and friends now make this at least once a month, if not once a week.

If you have ever eaten or made ceviche, you’ll know that lemon and salt can give the illusion that meat is cooked. It softens meat by infusing it with moisture and flavor. It’s a great trick for softening greens, as well. People can never believe they are eating RAW kale after I marinate it in olive oil, lemon and salt for about 1 hour. That’s it!


You can add anything else to this kale dish that you might want. Usually, I add avocado, toasted seeds or nuts and brown rice. Adding brown rice makes it more of a meal or risotto type dish as opposed to just a salad. I find myself feeling very full after eating this dish. Leave out the brown if you are wanting just a light lunch or snack.

Once you make this salad, you’ll start craving it. It’s really weird. Plus, it’s so easy, inexpensive and guests will love it, too. In fact, my 1.5 year old son used to eat this at least once a week. So cool! (P.S.  He doesn’t do that anymore; he’s 4 now and hates anything green unless it’s in a smoothie.)

Note: if you’re lazy, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both sell organic frozen brown rice. Shh, nobody will ever know!

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  1. do we toss not massage? sounds perfect either way!! thanks!

    suzi | 06.07.2013 | Reply
    • Massage if you’ve got time, toss and let marinate on it’s own, if not!

      Suzanne Hall | 06.07.2013 | Reply
  2. Just wondering about the marinating instructions, they are not in the recipe? Thanks!

    • Ale, it’s not a classic marinade process, but the dressing is tossed on the kale breaking down the toughness a bit. You can let the dressing sit on the greens or massage the leaves with the dressing – either way you’ll get the desired effect!

      The Chalkboard | 06.30.2013 | Reply
  3. How much oil, lemon juice and salt do you use to marinate the kale?

    Jessica | 07.29.2013 | Reply
    • Realizing that you have portion amounts listed in the ingredients list, I just wanted to clarify (because I’m an a pretty bad in the kitchen and I don’t want to make mistakes). After marinating the kale in the oil/lemon mixture, you just add the rest of the ingredients in with the kale and the marinade?

      Jessica | 07.29.2013 | Reply
  4. my fiance loved this tonight. thanks!

    • We’re so glad…and congratulate you on your engagement!

      The Chalkboard | 09.25.2013 | Reply
  5. I’ve just made this salad for the first time. I followed instructions but made up quantities to taste as I was only making for myself. Oh my goodness it was so good I can hardly put it into words. I’ve made a second bowl and am about to make more to take to work tomorrow.
    I’ve just come off a 5 day cleanse so obviously solid food tastes better but you’re not kidding when you say this is moorish. I’m looking for more healthy recipes for my new detox lifestyle.
    Thanks so much.

    Victoria | 07.23.2015 | Reply
    • Hi Victoria, so glad you liked this kale salad! We post healthy recipes all the time so keep checking back for more!

      The Chalkboard | 07.27.2015 | Reply
  6. I tried this recipe and whoa what a game changer! It’s awesome! Many thanks!

    Dzesika Platos | 01.23.2016 | Reply
  7. I decided to try this recipe after coming off of a juice cleanse and it was way too salty for me. Especially after not consuming any added salt for a month! If I were to make it again, I would probably only use 1/2 tsp of salt. Just a heads up for anyone also looking to make this recipe after a cleanse 🙂

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