Kale and Grapefruit Salad

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

Kale and Grapefruit 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 leaves soft and tender. See the leaves before and after…kind of crazy what a difference a little massage can make!

Before Massage…

Kale and Grapefruit Salad

After Massage…
Kale and Grapefruit Salad

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

Kale and Grapefruit Salad

Kale and Grapefruit Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Kale and Grapefruit Salad

This healthy salad is full of fresh kale, bright grapefruit, and crunchy pumpkin seeds. The trick is to massage the kale first to make get it tender.


  • 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.