Kale Slaw

Yep, that’s Kale Slaw – not cole slaw. The star of this little bowl of goodness is healthy, nutrient-rich kale. Not only is kale considered a “superfood” it’s delicious and versatile to use. Try it raw in salads, braised with garlic and olive oil, blanched in soups, or crisp-roasted in the oven. Whichever method you choose, kale is a keeper. In this version of a slaw, sturdy lacinato kale replaces the usual cabbage. Accompanied by carrot shavings, sweet red pepper and chile, the kale is tossed with a cumin-infused Dijon vinaigrette. This a satisfying side dish which tastes great and looks pretty, too.

Kale Slaw
Makes 4 servings

I like the flavor of lacinato kale, an heirloom kale variety from Tuscany. It’s dark blue-green leaves retain their firmness in this slaw recipe. Feel free to substitute or combine other kinds of kale for a variety of color and texture.

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch lacinato or Tuscan kale, tough ribs removed, leaves thinly sliced
1 large carrot, grated
1 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, membranes removed, cut in 1/2 inch slivers
1-2 red fresno or serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded, membranes removed, minced
2 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill sprigs
1/4 cup cilantro or Italian parsley leaves

Combine lemon juice, mustard, cumin, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in oil in a steady stream to emulsify. Set aside.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle half of the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to thoroughly coat. Add additional vinaigrette to taste. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour and up to 4 hours. Serve with additional dill, cilantro or parsley sprigs as garnish.

If you like this, then you might like these TasteFood recipes:
Cauliflower and Celery Root Soup with Crispy Kale
Butternut Squash, Tomato and Chickpea Ragout with Kale and Couscous
Mushroom Barley Soup with Miso and Kale

or these kale recipes from the food blogs:
Kale, Sausage and Feta Frittata from Oui Chef
Kale, Spinach and Pear Smoothie from Joy the Baker
Cauliflower, Tabouli and Kale Salad from Steamy Kitchen

10 responses to “Kale Slaw

  1. Raw kale salads are my go-to salad in the kitchen right now. With a little massage, this looks like a wonderful variation. Yum! :)

  2. Your food shots are so scrumptious looking, Lynda, that I want to eat stuff I don’t even like :-D. (I know this is not really productive feed back on your recipe, but just wanted to let you know that you’re doing a fantastic job).

  3. Chazz E Chazz

    Kale Slaw…. as delicious, as it is beautiful! Winning! Thank You!

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