Kale and Cabbage Slaw

Kale and Cabbage Slaw

I find this simple raw kale and cabbage salad to be positively addictive, and my family seems to, as well! It goes with just about any kind of meal and is good year around. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Serves: 6

  • 6 or so large leaves curly green or lacinato kale
    (I prefer lacinato in this, but use what you’ve got!)
  • 3 cups thinly shredded green or napa cabbage
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise, or as desired
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons), or to taste
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, cut into narrow short strips,
    or 1/2 cup shredded carrots or quartered baby carrots
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh herb of your choice (parsley, dill, or cilantro)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Strip the kale leaves off the stems. If you like using the stems, slice them very thin, or discard.

Slice the kale into narrow ribbons and place in a serving container. Coat your palms lightly with olive oil and massage the kale until it softens and becomes bright green, about 45 seconds.

Add the sliced stems to the container along with the remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve at once.


  • Substitute baby carrots, quartered lengthwise (about a dozen) for the bell pepper
  • If you’re feeling lazy, substitute pre-cut coleslaw cabbage for the green or napa cabbage

Kale and Cabbage Slaw recipe


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