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

July 19, 2013 | 14 Comments
Asian Kale Slaw

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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14 thoughts on “Asian Kale Slaw

  1. Jan

    We make kale slaw using garden kale, which seems more tender than the commercial stuff. Grab the stem and strip the leaf off. The stem will break just at the point where it is tender enough to eat.

    This is the dressing we have come up with.
    some olive oil
    touch of sesame oil (important for flavour)
    rice wine vinegar
    juice from half lemon(also important for flavour)
    some mirin
    healthy squirt of oriental Rooster hot sauce.

    We don’t add anything to the kale except a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

    1. Caroline

      Thanks so much Jan. That sounds delicious! I look forward to giving that a try! I wish I had a garden full of kale…unfortunately, I’ve just got a few pots of herbs and things on my deck.

  2. mjskit

    My husband and I both LOVE kale, but he’s not a big fan of cabbage whereas I am. I think you have just provided a delicious recipe that will allow me to have my cabbage and possible get him to eat it. :) This looks delicious and so healthy and colorful. I can’t wait to make it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Diane

    I was looking for an idea for a vegetarian spring rolls and this combination would be perfect. Adding kale for extra crunch never occured to me until this post! THANKS!

  4. Joni

    The Asian Kale Slaw looks scrumptious and I look forward to trying your recipe. A couple of notes about kale: instead of selecting the curly kale, try the lacinto kale instead, it too can be found in most grocery stores. Unless using kale in a slaw such as you are here, kale should always be “massaged” after it has been removed from the stems and torn into bite-sized pieces. Once destemmed, place the Kale, either lacinto or curly, into a bowl and give it a generous drizzle of olive oil, then massage the leaves with your hands until it is somewhat darker in color. This process makes kale far more palatable, as it removes the bitterness many abhor. Once this step is complete, go ahead and add your other salad fixings…. and trust that “massaging” your kale is a sure-fire way to get kale-haters to eat this vegetable :)

    1. Caroline

      Wow! Thanks for the wonderful kale info, Joni and the sweet compliment! I actually do love massaged kale. I like to serve it with some freshly grated parmesan. It’s delicious!

  5. Faith

    I am absolutely kale-crazy – I got super excited when I saw the title of this post! Asian-style slaws are my favorite slaws, so I would be all over this in a heartbeat. Brilliant combo!

  6. Letty Flatt

    I love kale–pretty much all kinds and ways. Lacinato kale chips, curly kale simple sauteed with garlic and finished with a splash of vinegar, salt and red pepper flakes, and kale salad when the kale is finely sliced like your recipe here!


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