Winter Kale Slaw Endless Ways

The basic slaw unadorned

The basic slaw unadorned

Oh I love recipes that beg to be played with! When I was teaching a knitting class recently one of the students brought  a Brussels sprout and kale salad. I took home the idea and started experimenting. The basic recipe is

Kale any kind ribs removed

Brussels sprouts


1. Take these ingredients and chop, food process, cut with mandolin, in any way or shape and combine.

2. Make any kind of vinaigrette or salad dressing your little heart desires and combine with the salad.

3. Garnish and play!

Ways to play!

1. Top with poached eggs. Start with a simple combo and a mild vinaigrette.


Kale slaw topped with poached eggs

2. To the basic salad add chopped apple, blue cheese and dried cranberries.

3. To a basic salad add orange sections, goats cheese and shallots.

4. Garbanzo beams and grape tomatoes.

5. Grape tomatoes, mixed olives and pepperoncini.

Kale slaw Italian style

Kale slaw Italian style

6. Fresh figs and goats cheese.

7. Make a dressing of fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and veggie oil. Stir in mango and green onions. Top with seared fresh tuna!


Kale slaw with mango and seared tuna Asian style

8. Make your favorite slaw or ranch dressing. Combine with basic salad. Great with fried fish or any chicken.

9. The ideas are endless …what can you come up with?




Apple and Blue Cheese Slaw

Apple and Blue Cheese Slaw

Apple and Blue Cheese Slaw

Quick, simple and tasty. This salad screams autumn. I make it early in the day or the night before to let the dressing soften the cabbage and meld all the flavors. The apples will not brown due to the acid in the vinaigrette plus they stay crunchy.

Apple Blue Cheese Slaw

1/2 head of cabbage, sliced very thin

1 apple sliced thin

2 stalks celery sliced thin

3 ounces blue cheese crumbled

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon grainy Dijon mustard

1/4 cup olive oil

1. Combine vegetables in a large bowl.

2. Whisk mustard into vinegar. Whisk in olive oil in a slow stream. Salt and pepper to taste.

3. Stir dressing and salad together. Refrigerate 6 hours to overnight stirring occasionally.