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Enlightening Marinated Kale Salad

This 5-ingredient vegan enlightening marinated kale salad is so awesome that it will enliven the taste buds of even the most kale-averse. One bunch of curly kale is washed, patted dry, and torn into bite-size pieces. A simple dressing is made from raw almond butter, bragg's aminos or tamari, apple cider vinegar, and agave nectar. The savory-sweet vinaigrette is vigorously massaged into the kale to tenderize and wilt it. What were once bitter and tough leaves will be transformed into tender, sweet + tangy amazingness.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, plant-based, Vegan
Servings: 1 -2


  • 1 bunch curly kale, thoroughly washed
  • 1 tablespoon natural almond butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos, Tamari, or Soy Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or pure maple syrup

Optional Toppings

  • pepitas
  • cherry tomatoes
  • diced avocado
  • goji berries


  • Gently pat the kale leaves dry.
  • De-stem the kale and tear into pieces of desired size. Add the kale to a large bowl.
  • Add the almond butter, apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, and agave nectar to a small bowl and whisk together for 30 seconds.
  • Pour the dressing over the kale leaves, roll up your sleeves, and massage the kale with your hands for 2-3 minutes. The more you massage the kale, the more tender and flavorful the leaves will become.*
  • Transfer the kale to one large or two small salad bowls and top with desired garnishes.
  • Serve and enjoy.


*This salad can be made up to one day ahead of time and refrigerated prior to adding the garnishes. I love making it before I go to bed so that I can take it to work for lunch the following day.