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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 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Fat 24
Carbs 38
Protein 11
Yield 6 servings



  • 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
  • 1/4 - 1/2 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 24g | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 23g