Kaleslaw {recipe}

Kale Slaw

We spent the last two weekends, and quite obviously, the week in between, in and around the San Francisco Bay area. We didn’t intend to be away from home for that long, but after the first few days, we were enjoying the complete and utter newness of every meal, every restaurant, every neighborhood, everything, that we extended our stay up to the very last minute that the sitter could keep Daisy

I didn’t drink any more irresponsibly than I do at home (which would be impossible, actually), but I did eat so much more frequently and with so much more abandon that I tweeted about impending “detox” before we even hit the I-5 south back to Los Angeles. When I stepped on the bathroom scale the morning after we returned, I stepped right back off of it, flipped it over and adjusted the batteries because I thought it was broken. I held my breath as I stepped back on the scale.

It wasn’t broken.

And I hadn’t gained a single pound eating my ass on in San Francisco for nine straight days.

So I guess the five hours on the road back home mentally preparing myself for a month of punishing detox was unfounded.

Rather, the half of detox that is related to weight was unfounded. The other half, which is about nutrition, and the other half that is related to adding fractions after, oh, you know, 2½ bottles of wine, still needs to eat a bowl of raw, fresh, cider vinegar-based kaleslaw and drink ginger-spiked green juice for a few weeks.

Kaleslaw, up close


serves 6-8


¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 bunch lacinato (dinosaur, black or any of the “flat leaf” kales), stems removed and leaves julienned
quarter head red cabbage, shredded
1 carrot, julienned
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced on bias, plus the leaves
½ small red onion, very thinly sliced
tight handful of parsley leaves
salt and pepper


Whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey to make a “vinaigrette.”

Toss vegetables in large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Kaleslaw can be served immediately. It will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for about a day, after which, it takes on the taste and texture of fresh sauerkraut.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rooth August 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

Ach, lucky you to eat as you like and not gain any weight either!  


2 Mara @ Elemental Custard August 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

Yum I love everything with kale! 


3 Amy August 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Delicious!  Also feeling like I needed a bit of a detox, I tried this tonight and loved it — such a beautiful salad.  Thanks for your excellent recipes and banter, Sarah!


4 catty August 6, 2012 at 4:59 am

you might not believe that i’ve never eaten kale. I think i must.


5 Sarah | Yahoo! Shine January 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

To be so lucky! But you’re right–sometimes just the *feeling* of heaviness (too much cheese and chocolate this christmas!) is enough to call for days of kale and green juice, even if you haven’t actually gained any weight. We’re celebrating a return to healthy eating this month on the Shine Supper Club and we’d love if you joined us with this recipe (or another like it!).


6 lukman ahsan December 5, 2013 at 1:57 am

Sound very Delicious and never tried before this kind of recipes…i`m from south asia so this kind of recipes is most favorite by locals because vegetables are good for health. ,


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