Raw Kale and Grapefruit Salad

I am obsessed with this super simple and fresh salad. For some reason, grapefruit has been particularly juicy, sweet, and delicious this season. I paired the grapefruit with some winter kale and crunchy pumpkin seeds for a light salad.

For this recipe, it is perfectly acceptable to play with your food. Massaging the kale with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and lemon juice makes the kale leaves soft and tender. See the leaves before and after…kind of crazy what a difference a little massage can make!

Before Massage…

After Massage…
I cut the grapefruit into supremes and then cut them into smaller pieces. Use oranges if you prefer.

Raw Kale and Grapefruit Salad Recipe


  • 1 large bunch of curly kale, stems removed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 3 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds


  1. Place the kale in a large bowl and drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with the salt, and add the lemon juice. Massage the kale for 2-3 minutes until the leaves are soft and coated in the oil.
  2. Slice off the top and bottom of each grapefruit. Run the knife down the sides of each grapefruit removing the peel and pith. Using a pairing knife, cut the fruit segments apart from in between the membranes. Cut supremes into bite size pieces.
  3. Stir the grapefruit into the kale. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Serves 4


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9 Responses to Raw Kale and Grapefruit Salad

  1. priscilla says:

    This was wonderful! The kale looks so green!

  2. Sarah says:

    Our produce market is bursting at the seams with kale, and I’ve been itching to try cooking with it, but I’m a bit scared. I’ve only ever made baked kale chips – what is the flavor of uncooked kale comparable to?

    • Sage Recipes says:

      Hi Sarah,
      I would say that the texture is similar to cabbage. The flavor is slightly bitter with peppery notes. I love it with the tartness of the lemon and sweet grapefruit! Enjoy kale this season!

  3. susan says:

    this looks beautiful and delicious

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  6. Marjorie says:

    This salad is simply delicious and incredibly easy to make. I’m so glad I found the site and this wonderful kale salad recipe.

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