Kale Cashew & Mint Slaw

kale cashew mint slaw

A few weeks ago I went out to eat at restaurant near work and had the most AH-mazing kale slaw.  It was a special and will probably not to be on the menu again (at least that’s what the waiter said). How am I to resist a special kale slaw? It’s my kryptonite!  My coworker and I ordered the slaw and on the first bite she realized it had garlic in it (she’s allergic to garlic!).

kale cashew mint slaw

When the waiter came back, she asked for a different salad and just when he tried to take her plate away, I called dibs on her slaw. Yeah, I totally did that. The waiter gave me a weird look, but after a few bites of my own slaw I realized that there was no way in HECK I’d let any bit of that slaw go to waste.

Nope!

Not gonna happen.

kale cashew mint slaw

My coworker got another salad while I ate my slaw and half of hers. I would have totally eaten her whole plate if the waiter didn’t give me the stink eye. Maybe he called dibs on the salad? I heard nothing. I was too busy figuring out what was in the slaw so I could recreate it at home.

My rendition here is pretty close. There’s a little less oil and I didn’t put the grated Pecorino cheese (weird, right?) in the slaw because I wanted to keep it vegan. What I came up with is an Asian inspired slaw that will have you eating off other people’s plates. There’s just something about that mint with the crunchy cabbage & kale in that tangy sweet sesame dressing. Straight up addictive, I say!

And we’re off!

Chopping time. Lots of greens up in this slaw.

kale cashew mint slaw

Scallions CHOPPED.

kale cashew mint slaw

Kale CHOPPED.

kale cashew mint slaw

Kale, cabbage, mint & scallions in a bowl.

kale cashew mint slaw

Dressing ingredients.

kale cashew mint slaw

Dressing mixed.

kale cashew mint slaw

Cashews chopped. The salad at the restaurant had peanuts in it. I didn’t realize I didn’t have peanuts until I went to pull them out for this recipe. Woops. I’ll use peanuts next time but these roasted cashews were bomb.

kale cashew mint slaw

Nuts go in the bowl.

kale cashew mint slaw

Dressing goes on top.

kale cashew mint slaw

MIX!

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My new slaw obsession is now yours.

Kale Cashew & Mint Slaw

serves 4

(original Shutterbean recipe)

  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, shredded
  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped (both white & green parts)
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews, chopped (peanuts can be used)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper

Chop the kale, cabbage, scallions & mint and set aside in a large bowl. In a small bowl add the agave syrup, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, ginger and garlic and stir. When ready to toss, add the chopped nuts to the large bowl and pour the dressing over the kale cabbage mixture. Thoroughly coat the kale, season with salt & pepper to taste.

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  • February 27, 2012

    I love a good kale recipe and this looks amazing! Can’t wait to give it a try :)

  • February 27, 2012

    Great way to enjoy kale, me thinks!

  • February 27, 2012

    I have only just found kale in Australia (well, Canberra at least) and have my first bunch ready to go! Was not sure which recipe to go with for my first attempt but this is going to be it. Serendipity = awesome. Thank you!

  • February 27, 2012

    This is so unique! Awesome idea!

  • February 27, 2012

    i’ve totally called dibs on stuff in restaurants…the waiter was probably just jealous ;)

  • February 27, 2012

    I also just found kale (although here in Belgium), and love it raw. This recipe looks great, and I like that it has cashews instead of peanuts.
    I’ll be making this in the next few days!

    • February 27, 2012

      GREAT! I’m so glad you have it there.

  • February 27, 2012

    NAPKIN TWIN!!! P.S. that salad looks yum!

  • February 27, 2012

    Hi Tracey! I have an amazing kale salad recipe that is vegan as well and it’s so good that I eat it all the time. Have you ever massaged your kale? You massage it (literally massage it) after you put the dressing on and it breaks down the kale and the kale absorbs the dressing. You then let it sit for an hour or longer and it tastes amazing. I find I can eat a whole head of kale in ones sitting when I massage it. I’m not sure that eating a whole head of kale is the best thing, but it tastes so good especially with dried cranberries and toasted almonds on top.

    I am going to give this salad a try as well and massage it down. It looks great!

    xo,
    Jackie

    • February 27, 2012

      Hi Jackie!

      Yes I have massaged kale before. It’s wonderful. Lube it up! Massage it down. Enjoy!

  • Amy
    February 27, 2012

    This looks delicious! (And I appreciate the keeping it vegan. :) I love kale, and Asian-style salads, so this is right up my alley. Definitely making it soon!

  • February 27, 2012

    Mommy.

  • stellastarlite
    February 27, 2012

    Sounds yummy, I made your kale and red cabbage salad and Whole Foods kale waldorf salad last night for a friend. Both delicious. Just getting into kale!

  • February 27, 2012

    I LOVE kale! I made a raw kale salad once and it was amazing but I’ve been too lazy to “massage” the kale and make it again. This slaw looks amazing though, I just bought a bunch so I might have to make this very soon.

    And your pics are great as per the usual :)

  • Sarah-Jane
    February 27, 2012

    I saw this recipe early this morning, went out and bought the ingredients and ate it for lunch! SO delicious. You’re right, I’m obsessed now!

    • February 27, 2012

      WOW! Already?!! That’s some dedication. Thank you! I’m so glad you tried it.

  • February 27, 2012

    I love kale. Yum!

  • February 27, 2012

    I love kale slaws. The mint sounds like an awesome way to lighten up the salad.

  • February 27, 2012

    Bomb indeed! I will be making this, soon!
    PS. You just KNOW that slaw was headed for the garbagio – you totally rescued it!

    • February 27, 2012

      riiiiight?!! Or in that dude’s mouth. I know how some waiters roll…. ;)

  • This looks delicious! I think I will pass on the garlic too, but otherwise, I will definitely be throwing this dish together soon.

  • February 27, 2012

    I just made this for dinner, and yeah, obsessed. THANK YOU. (I used toasted pumpkin seeds instead of cashews, also awesome.)

    • February 27, 2012

      Fantastic!! You’re so speedy. Thank you for trying it out and I’m so glad you liked it! Welcome to my obsession.

  • February 27, 2012

    Would you please write a book of nothing but your kale recipes? I’d buy ten copies of it. You rule so freaking hard, lady…

    • February 27, 2012

      ooooh. now that’s a good idea!! love you boo!

  • Mary
    February 27, 2012

    I cannot find Kale, anywhere in my neighborhood. Damn living in the half suburban/farm land, that I live in currently; I have to go outside my town boundaries to find some.

  • February 27, 2012

    I can’t get kale in Japan, but I am going to get some seeds from America this spring, grow kale in the fall, and then eat this salad every day.

  • February 27, 2012

    Mint and kale? I’m going to have to try this?!? And what’s this about keeping things vegan? Gimme cheese, woman!

  • February 27, 2012

    Oh dang, I’m going to have to seek out some kale. You know what’s bonkers about Sweden? (a lot, actually) You can only find kale in the grocery stores at Christmas time. It’s a cold weather crop! It’s a cold country! What’s the deal?! Sometimes you can source it out at out of the way health food stores. This looks like it would be worth the mission to try and find some. Yum!

  • February 28, 2012

    I’ve kinda sorta stupidly run out of ideas on what to do with Kale, so this is perfecto!

  • February 28, 2012

    kale is the one veg i am seriously obsessed with. now i have another way to eat it!

  • February 28, 2012

    Yes! A kale slaw! I love this recipe, Tracy, especially the use of rice wine vinegar and cashews. Can’t wait to try it!

  • February 28, 2012

    This looks completely delicious, Tracy! What was that waiter’s problem? You should have eaten every bite while giving HIM the stink eye. At least you found some inspiration and have a good story out of it :)

  • February 29, 2012

    We made this last night, and it was awesome! Topped it with some tofu skilleted up with some soy sauce and yummy red peppers + red pepper flakes. I didn’t even crave dessert after. WHAT???

  • February 29, 2012

    I saw this salad and knew I had to make it. I was chopping away this morning before work so that I could have a version of this salad for lunch. It. Was. So. Good. Now excuse me while I pore over your site for more recipes.

  • February 29, 2012

    I think you are the kale master. Seriously, you have a way with this leafy green. Thank you (and thanks for keeping it vegan!)!

  • March 1, 2012

    This looks AMAZING. I have been really into a raw kale salad – I find massaging the kale is the key to get it to be super delicious :http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/massage-kale-salad/

  • March 2, 2012

    Came home with the ingredients for this salad and my Hubs said he was craving chips.Served him this gem and crisis averted! He was very happy. And so was I. The end.

    • March 8, 2012

      I found this recipe through Jill’s link on her blog. While I was at the grocery store I pulled it up again on my phone and read the ingredient list. Bought all the ingredients, made it, served it, and was told “You can make this again anytime.” Awesome!

      I used purple cabbage, because it’s pretty, and added some chopped basil and sesame seeds. Can’t wait to try out more variations. I love the dressing!

      • March 9, 2012

        booya! thank you for trying. I’m glad it was a hit!

  • Susanne B.
    March 3, 2012

    I just made this tonight and it is SO DELICIOUS. I could not get it into my mouth fast enough!!! Definitely adding this to the lunch salad rotation… maybe with some seared tofu on top.

  • March 4, 2012

    Just made this for dinner… absolutely delicious! Possibly my new favorite way to eat kale

  • Betty
    November 14, 2012

    I just made this slaw for the 3rd or 4th time, this time with cilantro in place of mint (too $ at my co-op). I’m chewing it as I type. If you wrote a cookbook filled with recipes like this, I would be on it so fast! This is the best way to eat greens!

  • Anne
    December 15, 2012

    This salad is solid. Thank you Tracy!

  • January 27, 2013

    My husband and I had a kale salad with roasted peanut dressing last night that was to die for! I think the recipe must have been similar to this one. I’m hoping to recreate it this week. Really like your blog!

    • Tracy
      January 27, 2013

      Thank you!!

  • Lizzie
    January 5, 2014

    Just wanted to say: I’ve made this recipe consistently for a year now. It’s a real winner. Thanks for inventing this!

    • Tracy
      January 5, 2014

      Fabulous!

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