Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage & Carrots

kale slaw

I’ve spent the past 48 hours feeling like I’ve been rocking back and forth (spending 7 days on a cruise ship can do that to you!). Everything right now is a bit off kilter because in the past week, time zones were crossed, climates changed, calendar days were disregarded, and I did something I never thought was possible- I spent a whole week without using my cellphone (OMG!). Instead of tackling the laundry, emptying suitcases and sorting through the mail when we got home Monday, I immediately went grocery shopping to get provisions for the week.  I figured the only way to feel like normal again at home was to get back to work in my kitchen and binge on kale.

kale slaw

When I was eating lifeless romaine salad with extremely unripe yet mushy tomatoes on the boat (not all the food was dreadful!), I daydreamed of crispy kale salads with toasted coconut. Spending a week without kale was absolute torture and when I was standing in my kitchen swaying from side to side chopping kale, I vowed never to let that many days go by without my leafy green security blanket.

kale slaw

The crispy crunchy kale & cabbage shreds tasted amazing with the roasted cashew pieces and hemp seeds. The apple added a nice sweetness too!  What you have here is a gigantic plate of HEALTH! I think the slaw could have potentially erased all of those chocolate dipped mickey mouse ice cream bars I ate. Who am I kidding? What I actually need is some serious Mousercise. For reals.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering.

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Dressing in progress. Takes 2 secs.

kale slaw

Chopping, peeling, cutting…

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Apple choppage. I missed Pink Ladies.

kale slaw

Shreds meet everything else.

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Dressing gets introduced.

kale slaw

Salt + Pepper and a squeeze of lime.

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kale slaw

On a plate!

kale slaw

Fact: I ate this entire recipe for lunch & dinner yesterday.

True story.

Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage & Carrots

makes 4 servings

(recipe adapted from Whole Living Foods Magazine)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon apple-cider vinegar
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 3 cups mixed shredded kale and red cabbage
  • 1 carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • lime juice
  • 1/2 avocado (optional)

In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, mustard, and apple-cider vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

In another bowl, combine kale, cabbage, carrot, apple, parsley, and red onion with cashews & hemp seeds.

Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with dressing, and toss to coat. Garnish with avocado.

  • Kathryn

    I love the colours in this salad and how crunchy and delicious it sounds!

  • Blog is the New Black

    GORGEOUS colors and photos… great recipe!

  • Vanessa

    Looks delicious! I love kale slaws lately.. I made a kale and apple slaw that legit reminded me of the taste of caramel apples. It was awesome.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)

    the colors in this are STUNNING!

  • Brittany

    It looks lovely. The apple would be awesome!

  • cindy

    I have to confess, I haven’t really ventured into eating much kale…it’s a goal for 2012 to like kale. this slaw is so dang pretty, I think it would work!

  • Leah

    Beautiful colours! It just looks like a bowl of health and yumminess!

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles

    This looks awesome! I love how colorful and bright it is. Plus, it sounds delicious. The apples and cashews are calling me 😀

  • Darcee

    This looks delicious. I think it’s just what I need post holidays.

  • Jane M

    Nothing like going away, but even better COMING HOME SWEET HOME! Glad you had fun and Happy New Year!

  • heather @ chiknpastry

    Love the look of this salad. I was craving a snack at the g-store the other day and picked up some garlicky kale and ate it straight outta the container in the car. YUM.

  • Jerilyn

    You’ve gone kale crazy! I like it.

  • DessertForTwo

    Kale is my security blanket too! We should nap together. (I mean that in the least creepiest way possible. Honest. Ok, maybe I should just delete it then. But I like kale so damnit, it stays!)

    Happy New Year 🙂

  • anne

    And Yum.
    SO good, Tracy! Can’t wait to try this one for dinner tonight. I love that the way you decompress from vacation and get back into the swing of things by going to your kitchen. It’s awesome that you know exactly where you want to be creatively! Love the blog, as always.

  • Cookie and Kate

    Sold! This is exactly the type of food I’m craving post holidays. Thanks Tracy!

  • Andrea J

    OMG you so need to come out with a cookbook. Your photos make me want to eat everything I see. I keep printing each one out and my husband is going to kill me because they are all over the house – so not organized. So when is that cookbook coming out? Then I could have them all neatly bound together;-) You are awesome!

  • Tejas

    Hi Tracy,
    Looks amazing. I do not post comments all the time as it is mostly same ‘Ah..mazing’?

    Anyway, I have request …..
    Do your ‘Salad Galore’ kind of post once more. You have posted so many salad ideas and I loved every one of them that I tried.


  • Deanna

    Gorgeous colors. I love coleslaw, and I can only imagine kale slaw is amazing. And in my house, avocado is never optional, its basically mandatory.

  • Amanda C.

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was yuuuuuuuummy! I made it only because I really, really needed a healthy salad (and was also tired of romaine). I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, but it was awesome, thanks! 🙂

  • misty

    AHH! I had a mousercise record when I was a kid! My best friend and I had a whole routine worked out to it that we staged for our parents. 😀

    oh the memories…

    What a gorgeous looking salad btw……

  • Melinda

    Oh my goodness this is SUCH a beautiful slaw. I am definitely making this ASAP – it is MUCH needed!

  • Alyssa

    I just made this slaw for lunch and used it in a wrap with pesto – it was divine! Love the pops of color, just looking at it makes you feel instantly more healthy!

  • Family Meals and Cooking Tips

    I feel so healthy just thinking about making this salad and can just imagine the crunch of textures – yum. Talk about vibrant – it’s almost too pretty to eat. BTW, I am going on a mission to cook and eat more Kale this year. You have inspired me Tracy!

  • Ann

    This was fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing. I feel virtuous just looking at the finished salad in the fridge. I subbed scallions for the red onion and sesame seeds for hemp seeds and it worked beautifully.

  • Lauren

    My local health food store makes a Kale salad I crave, eat in the car kind of salad…. But this sounds amazing. Off to get red cabbage- I have everything else 🙂

  • Amanda M

    Ate this yesterday. So delicious and crunchy! Could not stop thinking about it today!

  • Karen Oliver

    I fell in love with your kale,red cabbage and carrot salad tonight!!! I made it for my husband because he needs to start eating some raw food, however I was the one who feel madly in love with salad. I adore your website, it’s listed as a favorite. Thank you for spending the time and energy sharing something that you do so well.

  • jillian

    hi. would you suggest hulled hemp seeds or toasted hemp seeds? those are the options that my local grocery keeps in bulk. thanks!

  • fusilliamy

    I made this last night with an asian bbq glazed salmon and the family LOVED it. Even the ones who initially scoffed and turned their noses up at kale. it’s such a gorgeous, tasty dish. eat bite is a bit different and i felt like one of those healthy people!

  • Amy

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe! My husband and I have eaten this everyday for the last 4 days. I love that it can be made and dressed the night before and not be wilted the next day at lunch. Really delicious!

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  • stephanie

    Hey girl, you got a real hit on this one. I served this to an omnivore crowd (I’m vegan, so they know what to expect), zero leftovers! Everyone had seconds. The only change I made was to add some asian rice vinegar because I thought I had too many veggies and it helped to mix things together. Wonderful!

  • Heather

    Hi Tracy,

    I have never replied or commented on a website Ever! This sale was soooo good. I don’t know if I followed the ratio exactly, but …YUM! I made a huge bowl of it using whole small red cabbage and a small bunch of Kale. I added hemp hearts and diced almonds. In the dressing I put a dollop of Manuka Honey. I just had a huge bowl of it and already want more. I am going to have for dinner and Most likely for dessert too! (Which I am going to add fresh blue berries and some organic raisins) Thanks. I am trying to eat at least 70% raw organic foods for the next month to see how I feel,Today was my first day and your recipe has made it a success!

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    Hello! I found your site through Pinterest and made this gorgeous salad yesterday. I’m in love! Thanks so much for your recipes and chic site!

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    I am pretty certain that this is the best salad I have ever eaten! It is so fresh and crisp and the flavors all compliment each other. Going to have it again for dinner in a wrap with chicken. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • Judith

    I was wondering how long this stores/how you would make it a few days in advance. I’m prepping for my graduation lunch (I’m both the graduate and the caterer for this occasion!) and am trying to get together a prep schedule. Should I prepare the veggies in advance and then dress it the day of or would be it better to rest overnight? The recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try it out!

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