Sweet and savory slaw

Based on a forage in my refrigerator and an idea from a friend (thanks, Pam!), I created this unlikely but successful combination to bring to a potluck dinner picnic.

Kale-cabbage slaw with strawberries

If you have it on hand, leftover brown rice added heft although it disappeared into the slaw (no one knew it was there), and shredded carrot could add color, crunch, and a bit of sweetness.

  • kale, center rib removed and leaves shredded
  • cabbage, shredded
  • sweet pepper, chopped
  • green onion, thinly sliced
  • ripe, organic strawberries, sliced
  • leftover brown rice (optional)
  • balsamic vinegar
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pumpkin seeds
  • toasted sunflower seeds
  • toasted sesame oil
  1. Mix kale, cabbage, sweet pepper, onion, strawberries, and rice, if using, in a large bowl. Toss with vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for an hour or so, tossing occasionally.
  2. If you have time, allow slaw to come to room temperature. Add seeds and sesame oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3 thoughts on “Sweet and savory slaw

  1. I’m terrified of kale. How do I cut it. Shred it. Makes me think of the paper shredder. How do I shred it. And toasting oil. That one seems to defy the law of physics.

    • You’re funny. 🙂 I don’t eat the center rib (but Pam does—see her comment below). I make cuts on both sides of the center rib, pile up the leaves, and cut crosswise very thinly to make shreds. No you won’t shred your fingers! I agree that toasting oil would not be something the home cook should try. 🙂 Be sure to buy sesame oil that is labeled “toasted”—you don’t want massage oil. 😦

  2. The kale is fairly easy actually to prepart – a sharp knife and some patience:) The flat dark green kale is easiest – the more you handle it the better it is as it softens it up – I use the center part for stir fry at another time. I actually cheat on the cabbage and buy it bagged from Whole Foods. This salad is really tasty – can put other fruits – peaches, nectarines – so pretty and so tasty.

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