Kale and Cabbage Slaw With Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette

kale and cabbage slaw with walnuts and dijon mustard vinaigrette.
Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings (serves 4-6)

This kale and cabbage slaw is a great way to incorporate nutritious kale into your diet, and besides being nutritious and delicious, it's low carb.. The dressing is a light and easy dressing made with grainy Dijon mustard, some olive oil, and white wine or white balsamic vinegar. I add garlic to the dressing, but that could be left out.

Add some chopped walnuts, pecans, or sliced or slivered almonds to give it some protein and extra crunch. I included instructions for toasting, but it's optional.

This simple salad is excellent with any roasted or sauteed meat, fish, or poultry. Liven up your fish tacos, burgers, or pulled pork sandwiches with some of this tasty slaw. The possibilities are endless!

What You'll Need

  • 4-6 medium leaves kale (lacinato)
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage (green)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (pecans, or slivered or sliced almonds)
  • Salt to taste (kosher)
  • Pepper to taste (freshly ground)
  • For the Dijon Mustard Dressing:
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (grainy, or more, to taste)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil (good quality extra virgin)

How to Make It

 Prepare the Salad

  1. Toast the nuts, if desired. Arrange the nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake whole, chopped, or slivered nuts in a preheated 350 F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, checking and turning them frequently. Sliced almonds will take about half the time. Watch closely.
  2. Cut the middle rib out of each lacinato kale leaf. Roll the leaves up into a tight roll and slice them chiffonade-style into thin strips. Put the strips of kale in a large bowl. You should have about 2 to 3 cups.
  1. Cut the core out of the cabbage half and shred or chop the cabbage. Transfer the cabbage to the bowl with the kale.
  2. Toss the chopped nuts with the kale and cabbage.

Prepare the Dressing

  1. In a canning jar or bowl, combine the Dijon mustard, minced garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. Whisk or shake well. Add a dash of salt and some freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  2. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the Dijon mustard vinaigrette over the salad. Toss the salad. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  3. Serve with the extra dressing on the side.

Expert Tips

  • A cabbage salad benefits from an hour or so in the refrigerator. The extra time adds flavor and moisture.  
  • Add some thinly sliced celery to the salad, if desired.
  • For extra color and flavor, add finely shredded carrot or red bell pepper to the salad.
  • Cook a few strips of bacon until crisp. Drain and add to the salad along with the nuts. Toss and dress the salad.

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