Massaged Kale Salad with Pumpkin Seeds and Sesame Oil

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  • 2 bunches kale, stems removed, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons red sauerkraut or quick pickled red cabbage (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • Pepper to taste


In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients and massage with your hands until the kale has started to break down and soften, 3 to 4 minutes.

Adjust seasonings according to your taste.

Special notes:

For quick pickled red cabbage: Combine 2 tablespoons red cabbage with 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar.

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