Lunch/ Salads

Kale salad with blue cheese

Kale salad with blue cheese and almonds |

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.

Kale salad with almonds |

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

Kale salad with blue cheese and almonds |
  • Author: thepaleogirl
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 2 people
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Raw


  • 3 tbsp good olive oil
  • 250 gr kale
  • handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 100 gr blue cheese (if using)
  • 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.

Keywords: kale, tomatoes, almonds, blue cheese

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  • Reply
    November 4, 2015 at 7:18 pm

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

    • Reply
      Simone van den Berg
      November 4, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Me too! It’s coooollld here right now and I just also realized how many spelling errors I made in that post! Typed it on my ipad… Go figure…

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