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Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad

Remember how I said #whycantidreamofsalads?

Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad

Well that was because I hadn’t made the right salad! Today I bring you a dream-worthy salad! A healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad.

This is one of those obnoxiously healthy, yet strangely delicious, salads that people would pay $20 for in California.

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And unlike all my other salads, it’s 100% raw, 100% paleo, 100% vegetarian and 100% vegan if you take out the cheese. But don’t take out the cheese, please! Feta: I heart you.

The blend of different textures is wonderfully satisfying: the crunch of the cabbage; the smooth creaminess of the avocado; the bursts of sweet from the blueberries and the soft tang of the goat’s milk feta. All tossed in a light champagne vinaigrette. It’s fabulous!

I originally served this as a side dish with pork chops when my husband was last in town. I cobbled it together out of a lack of all other vegetables, and I was pretty sure that he was going to complain about it.

Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad

But he didn’t…

And then the next day he ate it again…

And then the day after that he said, “Is there no more slaw?” and he looked so sad I almost died.

Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad

There is a little bit of chopping involved but hopefully you find that as therapeutic as I do. See. This salad is healthy for the body and mind! My price just went up to $30 a bowl in California.

I eat a generous portion as a main course, and it is filling and strangely satisfying. You could also serve this as a side dish to compliment any kind of grilled or baked meat, or top it with my go-to Foolproof Rosemary Chicken.

Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad

I know you are skeptically looking at me through one eye, but I would never lie to you. This salad is delicious! Fresh, crunchy, flavorful and healthy!

Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad

Did I mention that it only takes 15 minutes?

Without further delay, break out your favorite chopping knife and make this simple salad!

{So that then we can eat this guilt-free!}

Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad

You will LOVE this salad as a main course or as a side dish! The blend of different textures in this easy and healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw Salad is wonderfully satisfying: the crunch of the cabbage; the smooth creaminess of the avocado; the bursts of sweet from the blueberries and the soft tang of the goat’s milk feta. It’s fabulous!

Ingredients

    For the Slaw:
  • ½ head of a small green cabbage, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 6 stalks of Tuscan/Dinosaur kale, ribs removed and sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1 ½ red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • ½ green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 fuji or gala apple*, grated with the peel on
  • ~ ¼ cup Vidalia onion**, sliced paper thin
  • Avocado (½ per serving)
  • Blueberries
  • Goat’s milk feta cheese (I get a brand that comes from Greece because it tastes tangier and just plain better.)
  • For the Dressing***:
  • ½ cup champagne vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey, more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all the dressing ingredients in a bottle, cover, and shake vigorously until mixed; taste and adjust.
  2. Throw all the slaw ingredients in an extra large mixing bowl, toss to mix everything up. Pour some of the salad dressing over top and toss to coat evenly. Repeat until the slaw is glistening but there is no extra in the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Serve.

Notes:

*If you are photographing your dish, serving company or are just a perfectionist {high-five!}, then squeeze a little lemon over the grated apple right after you grate it and before you add it to the salad. Same goes for the avocado.

**If Vidalia onions are not available in your State/country {sadness}, you can use any other mild onion, but, just know, it will change the flavor profile slightly. It might be best just to leave them out.

***I don’t actually measure my dressing on a regular basis. I eyeball it. I make sure I have a ratio of 2:1 vinegar to oil, I add about a little bit of garlic, a little bit of Dijon mustard, a bit of honey or brown sugar, salt and pepper, and then I taste and adjust.

Another note on my light salad dressings. These will not stay emulsified because there is waaaay too much vinegar to oil and not nearly enough mustard or garlic to compensate. They will stay emulsified long enough to dress a salad and serve it, but you have to shake it vigorously. No little back and forth motion is going to cut it.

https://www.cheflindseyfarr.com/2014/08/healthy-kale-and-cabbage-slaw-salad/

You will also love these other healthy salads!

Collard Green Salad with Vidalia Onion Peach Glazed Chicken

Collard Green Salad with Vidalia Onion Peach Glazed Chicken

 

Grilled Onion Roasted Potato Strawberry Spinach Salad 

Grilled Onion Roasted Potato Strawberry Spinach SaladWarm Lemon Rosemary Roasted Vegetable Salad

Warm Lemon Rosemary Roasted Vegetable Salad

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad 

 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Kale Salad

My Favorite Power Salad

Grapefruit, Kale, Chicken, Avocado Power Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

37 Comments

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    August 27, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I’m glad you came up with the dream-worthy salad, Lindsey! LOVE IT! Such a great idea to combine kale and cabbage, and definitely something that I need to try out! I love the avocado and feta in here, too. So delish!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Gayle!! The textures are just amazing!

      Reply
  • ami@naivecookcooks
    August 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Girl, I am convinced! Making it soon!!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thanks, Ami!

      Reply
  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    August 27, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Not only is this salad gorgeous, but it looks amazingly delicious, too! I love crunchy chopped salads. Pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thanks, Kristine! And thanks double for the pin!

      Reply
  • Manali @ CookWithManali
    August 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Stunning stunning pictures!! Pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Thanks, Manali!

      Reply
  • marcie
    August 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    You’ve got my number Lindsey! I love kale salads, and living in California, I would throw down $20 for this. 🙂 The fact that you paired kale with cabbage…another fave…makes me love this even more. It’s like a slaw — so crispy and crunchy! Pinning this bad boy!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

      Hahah! I love the crispy crunchiness of the salad too! Thanks for the pin!

      Reply
  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    August 27, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Oh, yes! So much goodness in one delicious salad. I am one of those people who would pay $20 for this salad and I don’t even live in California! And I would never take out the cheese 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Haha! Phew another cheese lover! Thanks, Ashley!

      Reply
  • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    August 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I would definitely spend $20 on this salad, it looks amazingly delicious. I love coming across new salad recipes to recreate in my kitchen so thanks for the great recipe.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:05 am

      You are most welcome, Thalia! I love a good salad too!

      Reply
  • David @ Spiced
    August 28, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Feta lovers unite! I’m a huge fan of any salad topped with feta! But the real question that I’m wondering is if this salad costs $20-30 in California, then what does it cost in Atlanta? Or even better, what does it cost in Saratoga Springs, NY…because I’m going to need one of those soon!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Haha! There is probably a $5 discount for Atlanta and a $10 discount for Seratoga Springs; however, I do charge for travel! Probably better off just breaking out the knife yourself! 🙂

      Reply
  • Liz
    August 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    What a gorgeous, healthy salad! Perfect way to balance out those caramel butter bars 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Haha! Too true!

      Reply
  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure
    August 29, 2014 at 12:45 am

    This is definitely a salad would love to try. Looks wonderful Lindsey.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks, Ella! I hope you do try it!

      Reply
  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    August 29, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Fifteen minutes? Pfftt I can do it in two lol, thanks to years spent in the kitchen being yelled at to hurry the eff up. So this is the kind of stuff you eat when you are not indulging in cookies and ice cream. Looks healthy and delicious. Love that it is so colorful, makes you want to dig right in.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      August 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      You, my love, are not the average home cook!! All the more reason for you to whip this up tonight! And, yes, this is the kind of stuff I eat when not indulging in ccc’s and cupcakes!

      Reply
  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    August 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I’d definitely pay $30 a bowl for this salad Lindsey! It’s absolutely GORGEOUS!!! This looks like a 4th of July salad – it is so colorful and the pictures are phenomenal.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      August 29, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks, Kristi! It does look like a good July 4th salad! I’ll have to add something red for that occasion. 🙂

      Reply
  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    September 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    What a great fall salad! Such an awesome combination of ingredients. Pinning! 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      September 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks for the pin, Christin!

      Reply
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  • Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog
    September 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Love cabbage and kale together!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Thanks Sharon!

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  • Sylvia
    April 27, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Everything was gorgeous about this salad!!!!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      April 28, 2015 at 6:43 am

      Thank you, Sylvia!!!

      Reply
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