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Kale salad with blue cheese


I’ve been on an autumn and winter veggies roll lately with pumpkin, salsify, Brussels sprouts and of course kale. Traditionally we eat a lot of kale in the Netherlands mashed with potatoes and served with a ‘rookworst’ (smoked sausage). Totally delicious and perfect for the colder days but sometimes I want something a little different and quite frankly I think having mashed anything for lunch is a little on the heavy side.

I had been testing out various juices in the morning with a fellow blogger, from my slow juicer, so wanted a salad for lunch. I had a big bag of kale in the fridge so that seemed the perfect thing to use for a kale salad.


However… Have you ever eaten kale raw? Not the best of tastes right? Or at least I don’t think so but I had seen a couple of kale salads on Pinterest, so figured there must be a way to make it edible. And so I found a recipe by Gimme some oven that mentioned massaging the kale for a minute with oil and salt. Now massaging my vegetables is not something I normally do but I was intrigued and it sounded interesting so before I knew it I was massaging my kale into submission and it worked!!

Magically that dark green was transformed from tough to crunchy and delicious. I paired it with blue cheese, almonds and tomatoes and voila, a delicious lunch!

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Kale salad with blue cheese
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 hrs 51 mins
Course: Salads
Servings: 2
Author: Simone van den Berg
  • 3 tbsp good olive oil
  • 250 gr kale
  • handful of cherry tomaotes
  • 100 gr blue cheese
  • 50 gram almond slivers toasted
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Cut the kale finely if you have the whole plant. Put into a large bowl with the olive oil and some salt and massage the oil into the leaves for about a minute or until the leaves become softer.
  2. Mix with the tomatoes and put into plates
  3. Sprinkle the almonds over the top and crumble the blue cheese over it.


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  1. Yes I am in salad and soup mode right now! But to be honest I want rookworst too!

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