This Kale & Cabbage Slaw Is Perfect On Its Own Or As A Topping
It's amazing how the simple act of thin slicing and adding a perfect dressing can totally transform a pile of vegetables into something special, and this slaw is exactly that.
"This slaw reminds me of kale's trendy goodness every time I make it," writes Tara "Teaspoon" Bench, a former food editor and stylist for Martha Stewart, in her new cookbook Live Life Deliciously. "I slice the kale thinly, then let it marinate in dressing for a few minutes. The vinegar softens the hearty, cruciferous leaves and makes them tender yet still crunchy."
And the crowning glory of this dish is the homemade cilantro-lime dressing. "It is so luscious, and the spice is perfectly balanced," writes Bench. "No salad is safe when this dressing is on hand! I drizzle it on anything relatively green served in a bowl and even use it for a marinade for chicken or skirt steak."
One of our favorite things about slaws, like this zesty dressing, is their versatility: while they may be a great side dish, they're also a lovely addition to top salads and more—a trait Bench has some advice to take advantage of: "This kale slaw can hold its own out of the bowl, but it's also great as a slaw for tacos, awesome with black beans and grilled chicken."
Kale & Cabbage Slaw With Radishes & Pepitas
Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 3 cups finely sliced and chopped kale, thick stems removed
- 1½ cups thinly sliced cabbage
- 1 cup julienned or shredded carrots
- ½ cup thinly sliced radishes
- ½ cup roasted pepitas
- 1 recipe Subtly Spicy Cilantro-Lime Dressing (below), prepared
- In a large bowl, toss together the kale, cabbage, carrots, radishes, and pepitas.
- Drizzle with several tablespoons Subtly Spicy Cilantro-Lime Dressing, and toss.
- Let salad sit for 10 minutes, and then toss with more dressing and serve.
Subtly Spicy Cilantro-Lime Dressing
Makes 1 cup
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- ⅔ cup avocado oil
- In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients except the oil until well combined.
- Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly. Serve or store in a covered container at room temperature up to 3 days or in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks. If chilled, bring to room temperature and shake well before serving.
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Eliza Sullivan is an SEO Editor at mindbodygreen, where she writes about food, recipes, and nutrition—among other things. She received a B.S. in journalism and B.A. in english literature with honors from Boston University, and she has previously written for Boston Magazine, TheTaste.ie, and SUITCASE magazine.