Kale Slaw

Kale Slaw Recipe // Dula Notes

Sometimes I get nostalgic for the potluck favorites around when I was a kid. Jello made creamy with cool whip and suspended canned fruit, taco salad with crushed Doritos and tooth-achingly sweet broccoli salad studded with raisins and sunflower seeds. Granted, the broccoli salad isn’t processed like the other two, but that dressing was so sweet! My taste buds have grown up, but I still remember the happy memories of eating with friends from paper plates with our hair soaked from the pool and beach towels wrapped tightly around our bodies. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a pool party where those old-school dishes were served, but today I’m going to honor the broccoli salad by giving it a 2014 makeover.

I subbed hearty kale for the broccoli because honestly, it’s easier to prep and easier to eat. I went from memory on the dressing components and subbed in a bit of honey for the huge dose of sugar that’s usually added to the dressing. That touch of honey plus the sweetness from the raisins makes this kale slaw perfectly sweet and pleasantly tangy. Marc ate it like crazy and I have a feeling your friends and family will, too. It’s a sneaky way to get the people you love to eat lots and lots of kale. I’ve included some substitution suggestions in the recipe notes to easily make this vegan, mayo-free or raisin-free.

Ok, now I want to know. What were your favorite nostalgic potluck dishes from when you were a kid? Do you still make them or have you given them a Cher and Dionne-style makeover?

Kale Slaw Recipe // Dula Notes


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  1. Nicole, you are a GENIUS! Broccoli salad has always been my favorite but I never thought to use kale, my other favorite green veggie. I love the idea of using pistachios, too. Also, the other day I was totally craving ambrosia salad from the family potlucking days of my youth πŸ™‚ That would be a fun one to update as well!

    • Ambrosia salad always makes me think of Edward Scissorhands! That would be a great one to update, Amy! Glad you enjoyed this spin on a classic.

  2. @Amy: Already knew Nicole was a genius πŸ™‚ Trying this slaw recipe this weekend and telling Bruce it’s your creation. I know he will at least try it! Ha!

  3. Taco salad with crushed Doritos OMG YES!!! I most definitely need to try this.. I’m still on the fence when it comes to Kale, so I’m always looking for different ways to convert me over completely.

    • Yes, Erika! I definitely think this could be the salad that makes you love kale! This slaw is a really good application for kale, because we’re used to crunchy those big pieces of broccoli in the salad. This is much easier to eat!

    • Thanks, Shoko! My winter boots have never seen as much action as they have this winter! Hearty comfort food has definitely been the trend around here.

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