Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Summertime Fave - Revisiting Kale Slaw

Last week I talked about salads and how, now that the temps are heating up, I 'm eating more of them. So I thought I carry that over and revisit one of my favorite summertime salads.
I will confess that, aside from this recipe, I don't eat kale. However, the combination of flavors in this dish is so good (IT HAS BACON!) and the hint of citrus makes it a perfect candidate to beat the heat.

So here we go...

Here's what you'll need:
l head kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
1 large carrot, grated
1/2 an orange, juiced
1/2 a lemon, juiced
ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
 1 slice bacon, cooked crisp and chopped (since I don't dare have real bacon in the house, I used a heaping tablespoon of bacon bits)
1 rounded Tbsp. mayonnaise
Place the kale into a salad bowl. Toss with carrot, orange juice, lemon juice, and salt. Using your hands, rub the acid into the kale. Basically, pretend you're giving it a massage.

Set kale aside.

Prepare a large bowl of ice water and a saucepan with boiling water.
Place the sliced  onion into the boiling water for 15-30 seconds.
Remove and immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process. This removes the bitter taste of the raw onion.
Drain the water and blot the onions with a paper towel.

Add the onion, bacon, olive oil, salt, and pepper to kale and toss well.

Add the mayonnaise and mix the slaw well.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be made several hours in advance.
Just look at all those vibrant colors.
This is so yummy, y'all. Though the next time, I think I'll add the juice of the entire orange. That citrusy flavor lends just enough sweetness to make it addicting.

Now it's your turn. How do you feel about kale? What's your favorite way to eat it?


  1. I love Kale Chips. Absolutely love em. In the juicer it's pretty good too. I also like it mixed in a salad. This looks like a yummy-to try-recipe. Thanks, Mindy.

    1. I have yet to try kale chips, Tina. Not that I'm opposed, just never have done it. Must change that.

  2. It is worth trying. Thanks.
    I have also started blogging and would love to share such stuff with readers. The LookBook

    1. Hi, Lookbook. Thanks for stopping by the cafe.

  3. I love citrusy salads. Yum. And I am an equal opportunity greens eater when I'm out but at home I pretty much stick with one green in a salad because it's only me and if I buy a bunch of different ones they'll go bad before I can eat them all. My go-to salad green is spinach. I had hoped to have at least a salad garden this year and then I could just pick leaves and have more variety but that hasn't happened yet.

    I use kale a lot in stir fry kind of recipes. Like scrambled tofu. I know, you are salivating at the thought. And in soup -- really good in minestrone.

    1. Kav, I have that same problem with greens going bad! I bought two kinds of lettuce last weekend, and one is already looking a bit off. I'm afraid I'm going to lose most of it!

      I've been buying frozen greens (spinach and kale so far) to use when cooking, and that helps me have a variety without buying so many greens at once.

    2. Oh yeah, just the thought of scrambled tofu has me salivating, Kav. Not. Greens I can deal with, tofu... Not so much.

      I don't branch out in my greens, too much. Mostly spinach, romaine and the occasional kale. Hubby loves mustard and collard greens, so I will cook those every once in a while. He's his daddy's son. Except my FIL cooked his own greens. A little bacon grease, some onions... What's not to like?

    3. Kav, try bucket gardening. I am going send you a photo. It's so easy.

    4. Jan, my husband bought some of those reusable produce bags. They worked pretty well to keep the greens fresh.

  4. I use a lot of kale the way Kav does - in stir fries and soups...but never with tofu :)

    This slaw looks wonderful. I have a friend who makes a kale slaw with craisins and almonds in it, but this would have an entirely different flavor!


    1. Ooo...what kind of dressing does your friend use, Jan? I think the acid in the citrus works well with kale.

  5. Mindy, this looks SO good. My summer vacation starts next week and I've been thinking I wanted a good kale salad to have for lunch. Thanks for providing it!

    I have a summer quinoa salad coming up tomorrow.

  6. Quinoa.... kale....

    I'm so very afraid.

    Where is the Abbott's Frozen Custard? Where are the S'mores? Where is the homemade peach ice cream? And the fruity pasta or rice salads with 4 bazillion carbs per spoonful?????

    We have kale.


    But since half my capris don't want to button, I am reduced to kale and slaw and protein for the next 6 or 7 weeks, and it's my own fault for not allowing enough exercise time while doing a sedentary job....

    My bad!

    So yes, I will try delicious kale!!! (I am forcing myself to say those words together, while imagining other summer treats....)

    But I'll do it! Thank you for this, Mindy!!!!