Massaged Kale and Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This massaged fennel and kale salad with lemon vinaigrette is the absolute perfect salad. All you have to do is massage your kale, chop your ingredients, and toss it with your vinegarette! It is a great salad for meal-prep throughout the week. Trust me, you’ll never look at kale the same way again!

Prep: 15 minutesTotal: 15 minutes
Fat 24 Carbs 38 Protein 11
Yield 6 servings 1x



  • 4 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced (~1 cup)
  • 3 fennel stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fennel fronds, chopped
  • 1 apple, finely sliced
  • 1/2 purple onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1/41/2 cup crumbled goat cheese*

Lemon Vinegarette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons dill, chopped
  • 2.5 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey (or 1 depending on sweetness level)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Prepare your salad dressing by adding all of the lemon vinegarette ingredients into a mason jar. Tightly close the jar and shake it until all ingredients are well combined. Set aside.
  2. Next, place chopped kale into a large bowl and drizzle two tablespoons of dressing onto the kale. Massage the kale with your hands for 2-3 minutes. When kale is ready it will have reduced by half and will be soft, rather than tough.
  3. Add the rest of your salad ingredients to the kale and toss salad. Add your dressing and mix until all salad ingredients are coated in dressing.

Tips & Notes

*goat cheese is optional and the nutrition information reflects 1/4 cup of goat cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 Calories: 393 Sugar: 23 Fat: 24 Carbohydrates: 38 Fiber: 9 Protein: 11