Kale Slaw with Apples, Carrots and Raisins

Kale Slaw with Apples, Carrots and Raisins

Kale is delicious is this bright slaw combined with carrots, apples and raisins.  The secret is a Kale massage!  Some varieties and especially mature kale leaves can be thick and tough.  Massaging with vinegar, salt and olive oil tenderizes the leaves and enhances the sweetness. The combination of a dark green leafy and bright orange vegetable is superhealthy and a very refreshing light dish.  


Kale Slaw with Apples, Carrots and Raisins

1 bunch Kale, stems removed and cut into small pieces.  

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

Place kale in a bowl and add vinegar, olive oil and salt.  With clean hands massage until kale is shiny and bright green.  Set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and the dressing.

1 apple cored and diced

1-2 carrots grated (about 11/2 cups)

2 chives minced

1/2 cup raisins

Dressing

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp honey or sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper

Mix everything together in a bowl or small jar.


Add apple, carrots and chives to kale and toss.  Add dressing and toss until well combined, topping with raisins.  Enjoy!

Caesar Salad (with Kale and Romaine)

Caesar Salad

 I recently attended a special dinner at a new creative local restaurant and tried the Kale Caesar salad.  It was delicious!   I loved the smoked paprika on the croutons which gave the salad a smoky flavour…kind of like bacon.   Adding a variety of lettuce and greens to a salad just makes it more interesting (and nutritious) too!

 My kids love this salad dressing.  It alone is the reason they eat more greens!  My daughter even uses it on a cabbage salad she makes.  She calls it Caesar Slaw.

Enjoy!

Caesar Salad Dressing

1/2 cup yogurt

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 hard boiled egg

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp Parmesan cheese or more to taste

4 tsp lemon juice or to taste

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

 

Whole grain croutons

Rub whole grain bread with a cut garlic clove, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with smoked paprika.   Cut in cubes and toss, bake at 350 until toasted on the outside but still soft on the inside, about 10 minutes.

 

Mix of Romaine lettuce and Kale (tender, small leaves work well)

Toss lettuce, kale and dressing in a large bowl until lightly coated.   Add croutons and sprinkle lightly with Parmesan cheese.   Serve immediately.

 

The Caesar salad dressing is adapted from Looneyspoons Low Fat Foods Made Fun.