Kale has a bit of a bad reputation for its sharp “green” and fibrous taste. But if you prepare kale in the proper way, it can be so delicious and the perfect leafy green base for any salad. Kale has to be manipulated quite a bit to get it to a point where you feel like you can actually chew it and digest it. It has to be chopped up small and massaged VIGOROUSLY to break down those cell walls to the point where it’s soft and easy to chew. Massaging kale also makes it much easier to digest.

Nick has nailed down the perfect kale salad recipe that is full of flavor and a weekly staple in our household! This is the perfect base to dress up with your favorite protein.

Here’s how to prep Nick’s Kale Salad:

15 min
5 min
20 min


  • 2 bunches of kale
  • Lemon or lime-infused olive oil
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 2-4 small pearl onions

For the dressing:

  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of the vinegar of your choice
  • 1/2 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp of lemon or lime-infused olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Massage kale with 1-2 tsp olive oil and let rest. Finely chop the jalapenos and onions.
  2. Make the dressing by whisking together the lemon zest and juice, honey, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Use a frother to blend while you slowly pour in your olive oil to ensure everything emulsifies.
  3. Add chicken or the protein of your choice.

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