Avocado Massaged Kale Salad with Homemade Croutons

A delicious way to enjoy a hearty kale salad

Kale was once just a tough leafy green used as decor in delis. Now it's known for its amazing benefits, but not so much for its amazing taste and texture. If you struggle to enjoy kale, perhaps give this recipe a go.

What makes this recipe good?

Massage the kale! This is huge in making it softer, and in return makes it easier to chew and digest. Our trick is to massage the avocado into the kale, not only does it make is even more soft, it also adds a delicious creamy layer to the kale that makes it so much more pleasant to enjoy.

What ingredients go into this kale salad recipe?

  • Kale
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Onion + Garlic Powder
  • Hemp Seeds - Pepitas and sunflower seeds also work nicely in this
  • Salt + Pepper

What ingredients go into croutons?

  • Bread - whatever you already have would work fine. This is a great recipe to use up old bread.
  • Oil - we use olive oil
  • Seasoning - feel free to get creative here. Use spices you enjoy. We love using Italian seasoning and garlic powder.

Preparation Tips

  1. To make use of time, start by prepping the croutons. Cut the bread, oil it, season it, and toss it in the air fryer.
  2. While the croutons crisp up, prep the salad.
  3. With clean hands massage the avocado and kale for a couple of minutes. You will notice the kale will become much softer and reduce in size.
  4. Add fresh lemon juice, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, salt and pepper, and toss.
  5. Serve and top with crispy croutons!

Making homemade croutons in an air fryer

Making the avocado massage kale salad

How to store homemade croutons

Make sure the croutons are completely dry before storing. Use an airtight container and keep in your pantry for about a week.

Pairing Suggestions

  • Air-fried Corn on the Cob
  • Tempeh Bacon

Avocado Massaged Kale Salad with Homemade Croutons

A delicious way to enjoy a hearty kale salad
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Salad
Keyword: Easy, Quick, Summer


  • 1 Bowl


Avocado Kale Salad

  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

Homemade Croutons

  • Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic
  • Salt


Avocado Massaged Kale Salad

  • Using clean hands, massage the kale and avocado for a couple minutes. This helps the kale become soft making it easier to chew and digest, plus it gets a little creamy layer from the avocado.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix.

Homemade Croutons

  • Cut bread into small cubes
  • Add oil and seasoning, mix together
  • Air fry the croutons at 380 °F for 6 - 8 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy.
besitos, J & R

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