Kale, Cucumber & Kalamata Olives Salad

Irma | mycreativekneads
by Irma | mycreativekneads
4 Servings
15 min

Whether you dislike kale or if you are lover of kale like I am, you are going to enjoy this flavorful salad. It happens to be one of the easiest salads to make and all you need is a bag of Trader Joe’s shredded kale and a few other simple ingredients. It makes a perfect side for any meal and also a great & easy meal prep. All you really need to do is combine most of the ingredients before adding a couple more and calling it a day.

The only elbow grease you will have to do is to massage the kale, that’s right, a little massage. Massaging it will help infuse the kale with the lemon juice and oil and also helps break down some of the tough and fibrous characteristics of kale which makes it easier to chew and digest. This also means you will have a more tender salad.

I used the salad as a side dish to my copycat Salmon Santorini Bowl from Luna Grill. This has to be one of my top 5 lunches, it has so many delicious flavors. This recipe however is only for the kale salad not my yummy Salmon bowl but I do hope it inspires you to make your own.

Note: If you don’t like kalamata olives you can use any olives you prefer. You can also add more or less of any ingredients, make it to your liking. This will be a summer favorite salad!

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Kale, Cucumber & Kalamata Olives Salad
Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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For the salad
  • 1/2 bag (5 oz) of shredded Trader Joe’s kale 
  • 1/4 cup chopped English cucumber 
  • 1/3 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 2 Tbsp fresh chopped mint
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/2 juice of lemon or more
  • 2 Tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • A pinch of Aleppo chili or more
  • Salt & pepper to taste
For the salad
In a salad bowl, combine all ingredients except for the cucumbers & olives and massage for approximately 5 to 10 minutes making sure you combine all ingredients well.
Add chopped cucumber, olives and toss to combine and serve.