Healthy Delicious Kale Slaw

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Crunchy, tangy kale slaw full of color and texture. This salad is bursting with creamy dijon, maple syrup and a few other ingredients. The hero side to any dish!

Kale Slaw in a bowl with avocado.
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This is one of our favorite salad/slaws. It pairs wonderfully with any type of chicken, burgers, fish and tofu. It is light on the mayo so no guilt eating this one. The flavor combination works so well together, you get a bit of everything in one bite.

Why You Need To Make This Kale Slaw

Well, for starters this kale slaw is hearty. The kale is massaged so it’s not bitter and rough, but it does hold up well and carries a lot of the addictive dressing. The mix-ins for this salad are optional. There are a few customizable mix ins you can add it. I like to do pumpkin seeds, avocado and even dried fruit at times.

Ingredients Needed

Kale slaw ingredients in bowls.

Kale. A main vehicle to the salad.

Shredded Carrots. Pre shredded to save time.

Red Cabbage. Green will also work.

Maple Syrup. Honey will also work.

White Vinegar. You may also use apple cider vinegar.

Seasoning. Salt, pepper, dried thyme, cumin.

Mayo. You may also use vegan mayo or plain greek yogurt.

Dijon Mustard.

Steps To Make

step one and two for kale slaw.

Step one. Add all the dressing ingredients together in a medium to small bowl. Use an emulsion blender for a thick perfectly blended dressing. If you don’t have an emulsion blender use a high speed blender instead. Keep to the side while you assemble the kale salad.

Step two. Stem and chop kale. Slice red cabbage. In a large bowl assemble all the salad ingredients. Pour dressing over the salad ingredients and mix together well.

Note: If you don’t like the rough texture of the kale, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil over kale and lightly squeeze and massage with hands to soften, then mix with the other ingredients.

Big bowl full of kale slaw ingredients.

This salad pairs well with so many main dishes. You can also eat it on it’s own for a light lunch.

Expert Tips & FAQ’s

This Kale Slaw will last up to 4 days in the fridge in an air tight container! Making it a great side to meal prep.

Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?

Yes that will work great.

Will green cabbage work?

Yes, it will work great.

What mix ins can i use?

The sky is the limit here. I wanted to keep this recipe simple, but I recommend adding pepita seeds, cranberries, you can also add avocado slices, cucumbers and more!

I don’t like the texture of kale it’s rough

Make sure you read my notes on massaging the kale. It makes it much softer and easier to eat if you find it to be too rough.

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Kale Slaw
5 from 1 vote

Delicious Healthy Kale Slaw

Crunchy, tangy kale slaw full of color and texture. This salad is bursting with creamy dijon, maple syrup and a few other ingredients. The hero side to any dish! 
Prep: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup shredded carrots, * pre shredded is best
  • 8 oz chopped kale, *stems off
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp mayo , *
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • tsp salt
  • tsp ground cumin

Optional Toppings

  • 1 sliced avocado
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp dried fruit

Instructions 

  • Add all the dressing ingredients together in a medium to small bowl. Use an emulsion blender for a thick perfectly blended dressing. If you don't have an emulsion blender use a high speed blender instead. Keep to the side while you assemble the kale salad. Feel free to add 1 tbsp of water to the dressing if you'd prefer it to be thinner. Dressing will be thick and you will need to toss the salad a bit to evenly spread it.
  • Stem and chop kale. Slice and chop red cabbage. In a large bowl assemble all the salad ingredients. Pour dressing over the salad ingredients and mix together well. 
    Note:  If you don't like the rough texture of the kale, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil over kale and lightly squeeze and massage with hands to soften, them mix with the other ingredients

Notes

*Honey will also work
*Vegan mayo or Greek Yogurt will be a great substitute for mayo

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 11022IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 107
Keyword: 10 minute, Kale Slaw, salad
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