Simple Kale Slaw

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Complementary citrus flavors and light textures make this the perfect summer side dish.

This Simple Kale Slaw is a great light lunch recipe or side dish!

Colorful, delicious, and nutritious all describe this simple kale slaw! It’s made with an abundance of fibrous fruits and vegetables, as well as omega-3 rich almonds and avocado. These nutrient-dense ingredients create an awesome healthy side dish to compliment any summertime main. Plus, the flavors and textures complement each another beautifully

The Perfect Side for Any BBQ Dinner

This recipe is loaded with flaovr and an abundance of nutrients.

In the summer time, the days get longer and the weather gets warmer. You know what that means? It’s time to fire up the grill and create some summery dishes! This simple kale slaw adds a fresh, light, and zingy touch to your plate. It pairs nicely with things like grilled chicken, steak, fish, or even burgers. You can try it with grilled mushrooms or other veggies as a vegan option, as well!

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Here are some main course options to try with our simple kale slaw:

Packed with Superfoods

Whip this simple slaw recipe up in no time to serve as a healthy side!

From colorful antioxidant-rich foods like red cabbage, kale, red onion, carrot, and apple, to omega-3 rich ingredients like avocado and almonds, this salad packs a powerful, healthy punch! This recipe is also rich in fiber and essential vitamins and minerals, all of which support healthy immune function, digestion, and heart health. It’s a great way to fill your tummy without consuming a bunch of excess calories. 

Make it Vegan

We love this kale slaw as a healthy side at a cookout or bbq.

Our kale slaw recipe isn’t vegan because it includes honey — which is technically an animal by-product. That said, you can easily swap it out with plant-based maple syrup or agave nectar to make our delicious slaw 100% vegan. This simple swap won’t sacrifice any flavor and will ensure that this recipe falls in line with your dietary preferences!

Simply Create this Kale Slaw

Not a fan of heavy meals? This Simple Kale Slaw is perfect! Just add in some grilled chicken or shrimp.

Toss up this simple kale slaw in just minutes! All you need to do is place the kale, red cabbage, red onion, apple slices, shredded carrot, slivered almonds, and avocado in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon zest, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Then, drizzle the dressing over the slaw and toss until everything is well covered. Feel free to stick it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it to get it nice and cold. How refreshing!

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Simple Kale Slaw

Toss up this healthy and simple kale slaw in less than 10 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Universal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups baby kale shredded
  • 2 cups red cabbage shredded
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 apples cut into match sticks
  • 1 cup carrots shredded
  • 1/4 cup slivered almond
  • 1 avocado diced

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons ginger fresh, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Place the kale, red cabbage, red onion, apple slices, shredded carrot, slivered almonds, and avocado in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon zest, minced ginger, and salt.
  • Then, drizzle the dressing over the slaw and toss until everything is well covered.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 8439IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9
Keywords Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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