Kale Slaw with Lemon Sesame Dressing

In the dog days of summer we often resort to visiting the salad counter at our favorite grocery store… we pick out an assortment and call it dinner.  It’s a great dinner, one of our favorites, as a matter of fact.  And one of our staples is Kale Slaw.  It’s the salad that won me over to kale, a vegetable that I’ve systematically avoided for years.  I think the key is that the kale is finely shredded, so it’s tender.  The Asian inspired lemon/sesame dressing has something to do with it, too.  It’s  slightly sweet which counters the bitterness in the greens. And then there’s the perfect chewy/crunchy accent of the sunflower seeds.  The whole thing is minimal, but strikes the perfect Zen balance.  I rarely make anything twice, much to the disappointment of my family, but I’ve been tossing this together once a week all summer.

Kale leaf

Kale is incredibly healthy, so I’m so happy to finally have a reason to buy it.  It’s not a lettuce, but a vegetable in the super nutritious  broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel’s sprout family.   Up until now, I’ve mostly had it cooked, in soups or stews, but I think I like it raw best.  Thanks to this Kale Slaw I now have a reason to put kale in my grocery cart every week.  I feel so virtuous :)

Kale

The last time we bought this slaw we were going to try to remember to keep the container with the ingredients printed on the label, but we forgot.  All we came up with was sunflower seeds and lemon.  It was a good start.  I filled in the gaps pretty easily.  A little carrot for sweetness, radicchio for color and to echo the bitterness of the kale.  Definitely honey in the dressing to balance all that lovely bitterness.  I used sesame oil which gives the dressing a real punch.  It’s kind of a health food/Asian fusion salad, and it’s VERY good.

Kale Slaw with Lemon Sesame Dressing

Kale Slaw is one of those rare salads that you can throw together in the morning and it will still be crisp and fresh at dinnertime because kale is such a sturdy green.  I love it because it’s the perfect fresh accent to anything you’re serving.  It’s ideal for picnics or outdoor entertaining, too, because it won’t wilt, and there’s no mayo to spoil.

Kale Slaw with Lemon Sesame Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 carrot,
  • 1/2 small head of radicchio (substitute red cabbage)
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • feta or goat cheese for garnish (optional)
    dressing
  • 1/8 cup sesame oil
  • juice of 2 small lemons
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rinse the kale and then remove any large center ribs. Stack the leaves and, with a sharp knife, cut them into fine shreds. Peel the carrot and shred it. Remove the outer leaves from the radicchio and then finely shred that as well. Put all in a bowl.
  2. Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients together in a mason jar or small bowl Shake or whisk well to combine. Taste to adjust any of the ingredients.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad. Use enough to moisten everything, but not soak it Let the salad sit for an hour or two in the fridge if you like, before serving. Toss with the sunflower seeds just before eating, and top with the cheese, if using.
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14 Responses to Minimal Monday: Kale Slaw

  1. Kathy says:

    I love kale! I have a few plants in my garden, and am enjoying the bounty! I will have to give this salad a try! It looks delicious!

  2. We’ve just fallen in love with kale recently. Gorgeous salad and we think sesame oil is fantastic. What is the white in the salad, seeds?
    Sam

  3. Susan says:

    I’m going a pot of kale that I just started about a month ago and soon I’ll be able to harvest it. I can’t wait to try this kale slaw recipe, Sue. The dressing sounds wonderful!

  4. We love raw kale, and your salad looks wonderful! I’ve been on a vegetable salad binge lately, so this fits right in!

  5. Shari Kelley says:

    Such a pretty salad! I have Kale left in my garden so thanks for this yummy recipe.

  6. I still have kale in the garden so I’ll have to give this a try. It is very pretty and sounds wonderful.

  7. Choclette says:

    That looks so fresh and delicious. Kale is a wonderful veg. We grow it down on our plot – annoyingly the pigeons are rather fond of it too.

  8. cheri says:

    Love this salad and the dressing, enjoy recreating recipes at home, that’s one of the best side effects of going out.

  9. Eleanor says:

    I think you left out the sunflower seeds! Looks delicious :)

  10. SallyBR says:

    Beautiful salad! I just made a “massaged kale” salad a couple of weeks ago, and was surprised by how much we enjoyed it. Plus, as you mentioned, it stays tasty and with enough crunch even hours later, or next day, if you don’t go overboard on the amount of dressing

    love this!

  11. a definite recipe i will be saving to recreate as my lunch time meal. thanks for sharing – looks delicious!

  12. This is such an easy, tasty-sounding side.
    I smiled a bit at your comment about never making anything twice. #foodbloggerproblems !

  13. Eileen says:

    Hooray for kale! I too have discovered that a kale salad will hold up for a good long time in the refrigerator — so convenient, and delicious besides. :) Vegetables!!

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