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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!


Kale salad with blue cheese

  • Author: Simone van den Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Salads


  • 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.


About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer


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