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by Katerina Mountanos May 17, 2021 0 Comments

We all love a good massage. Well, so does kale. Many people think of kale as a tough, leafy green. However, a quick massage with lemon juice and Kosterina Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil makes fresh kale tender and delicious. We paired our massaged kale with a quick cherry quinoa mix and Kosterina Fig Balsamic Vinegar that elevates the tart sweetness of those dried cherries. You’ll want to make this nutritious, flavorful salad every day!


(Serves 2 as a main course & 4 as a side)

Kale Salad:

  • 5 ounces fresh kale, cleaned, destemmed and shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosterina Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • 1 large lemon or two small lemons, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Quinoa Cherry Mix: 


  • 1 small lemon, sliced 
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Place the kale in a large bowl. Add Kosterina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. With clean hands, massage the kale to fully incorporate all the ingredients.  
  2. Once the kale is fully coated, allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Make the quinoa according to package directions.
  4. Once the quinoa is cooked, remove the lid and add the cherries, salt, Kosterina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Kosterina Fig Balsamic Vinegar. Mix to combine and allow the mixture to cool.
  5. To plate, place the kale in a large serving bowl or individual salad bowls and spoon the quinoa mixture on top.  
  6. Garnish as desired with pepper and lemon slices. Enjoy!
Katerina Mountanos
Katerina Mountanos

Olive Oil Sommelier, Katerina Mountanos, is the Founder & CEO of Kosterina. Katerina is very passionate about olive oil, the Mediterranean lifestyle and eating for health and longevity.

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