Many parents have come into the garden requesting the popular Massage Kale Salad recipe and sharing out how their child never like veggies before trying this in the garden classroom.  So here it is!  Those of you who want to know more about what we do in the garden feel free to check out my blog or come by the garden after school and introduce yourself.

And here’s the recipe:



  • One bunch of dino kale
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • One medium-sized clove garlic (optional)
  • Squirt of lemon (1 tsp)
  • Squirt of rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce to taste


  1. De-stem the kale and chop (or have kids tear) greens thinly.
  2. Place in bowl and sprinkle olive over them generously.
  3. With clean hands, massage the kale super good for 1-2 minutes or until it has softened and shrunk in size.
  4. Add crushed garlic and splash of lemon, rice vinegar and soy sauce.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

The robust dinosaur kale leaf is the second most popular green in the garden – beat out by the sour sorrel.  Dark leafy greens have high levels of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that’s important for immune function, and as much or more calcium than dairy products.

As one student asked for seconds before he even finished his first bowlful, he said, “We should send this to Barack Obama and make it a national holiday recipe!”

Happy eating!

Ms. Rivka