I love kale. I could eat it any way you give it to me. My family…not so much. They love baby kale (like this salad), with its softer and more delicate texture, but they just don’t seem to like the coarseness of mature Curly Kale (the one most of us will find in our grocery store). I get it. It really can be tough. It’s that texture that makes it perfect for a “slaw”. So, I figured if I take those leaves and run my knife through them to get a nice shred, mix them with some other colorful veggies then toss with some flavors they love…they’d eat that darn kale!

And…they did.

Asian Kale Slaw - Using kale's texture to its advantage, this slaw is crunchy and flavorful! | @tasteLUVnourish

Asian Kale Slaw

1 bunch curley kale, shredded
1/2 head small red cabbage, shredded
3 – 4 medium carrots, shredded
4 green onions, sliced thin diagonally
1/4 C. soy sauce (use tamari to keep this vegan)
3 T. lime juice
1 T. fresh grated ginger
3 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. dark brown sugar
1/2 t. toasted sesame oil
1 T. vegetable oil
1 T. sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 C. almond slivers, toasted
1/4 t. sea salt

Shred all of your veggies by hand. A processor will shred too finely. For the kale, I run my knife through, starting at the top of the stalk and julienne until about half-way down, where the stalk begins to get really tough. Then, I pull those bottom leaves off, shred them and discard the rest of the stem. I use my knife for the cabbage too then the box grater to shred the carrots. As you shred everything, put all of the veggies in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients up to the vegetable oil. Then, pour the dressing over the shredded veggies. Toss a bit and refrigerate for at least 15 to 20 minutes (if you can wait that long!).

Sprinkle the top with the sesame seeds, almonds and the sea salt just before serving and toss once more.

This slaw will keep for one more day after it’s made, but gets watery beyond that.


  • If your kale looks a bit wilted, soak your shreds in a large bowl of cool water while preparing the rest of your ingredients. By the time you’re done, they’ll be nice and crisp! Just give them a spin in a salad spinner to get them perfectly dry.

Asian Kale Slaw - Using kale's texture to its advantage, this slaw is crunchy and flavorful! | @tasteLUVnourish

More Kale recipes you’ll love…

Curly Kale Salad with Almonds Chorizo and Sherry Dressing from Lavender and Lovage
Cheezy Spicy Kale Chips from Lunch Box Bunch
Kale Salad with Blue Cheese and Pickled Carrots from Healthy Delicious
Kale Salad with a Tahini Lemon Dressing from Full Measure of Happiness

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