Massaged Kale Salad with Orange, Avocado, Toasted Hazelnut and Goat Cheese
Gluten Free,  Recipes,  Soups, Salads, & Sandwiches,  Vegetarian

Massaged Kale Salad with Orange, Avocado, Toasted Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese

Massaged Kale Salad with Orange, Avocado, Toasted Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese

For the last few days, I had it in my head that I wanted to make a kale salad with toasted hazelnuts on top. I looked around the kitchen to see what else I had to use, and this is what I came up with. I started by supreming an orange and then squeezed the juice from the leftover membrane into a salad bowl. I threw a few big handfuls of chopped kale on top of the juice, drizzled some really nice extra-virgin olive oil on top and massaged the leaves until they softened and melted down a bit. I topped it with the orange pieces, sliced avocado, some chopped, toasted hazelnuts and crumbled goat cheese. I sprinkled a little sea salt and a few cracks of black pepper, and dug in. It was great! I loved the combination of textures, and it was a nice change of pace from the typical salads I make.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Joanne

    I love all the mix-ins this salad has!! Each bite must be so full of flavor and texture! (and goat cheese…which is the best.)

  • Laura

    Yum! Love this! I still have not tried a massaged raw kale salad, but given that I almost always prefer greens raw I really need to. Also, alas but CL is not working. 🙁

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