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How to build a Raw Kale Salad

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Category: Side Dishes, Salads

 Ingredients List

  • 4 cups sturdy leafy greens (kale, mustard, chard, collards, spinach, escarole)
  • 2 cups red or green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar or citrus juice
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive, sesame, flax, coconut)


Massage together for 5 minutes or until the veggies start to break down
You are essentially 'cooking' the greens here and not paying attention to flavor. The carrots/onions add a nice dimension to the greens as they break down, creating a vegetable broth.

The greens are super juicy now and I take advantage of that juice and don't drain it. If you want a cleaner flavor, just strain for 5 minutes before proceeding. I like to add some of these ingredients that soak up the juice and create a delicious dressing without a lot of extra oil (add around 1/4 cup each or 1 cup all together)

toasted sesame seeds
sunflower seeds
toasted dried coconut
nutritional yeast
sun dried tomatoes
dried mushrooms
dried cranberries
toasted walnuts
toasted pumpkin seeds
crystalized ginger
chopped apples or pears (Dried would be great too)

NO matter what I'm doing, I always add a small pinch of nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds.
You can add 1/2 teaspoon of these:

Basil, marjoram and rosemary for an Italian Salad (great with sun dried tomatoes, walnuts and nutritional yeast)
Lemon Pepper, Coriander and Curry for Indian Slaw (great with coconut, and raisinis)
1/4 teaspoon Cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (with pumpkin seeds and crystalized ginger, apples and raisins)

Other ad ins:

2 cups seasonal fruit
avocado (this creates an amazing creamy yummy dressing!)
1/2 cup Fresh Herbs (basil, cilantro, mint, parsley or whatever you have on hand)
Various Raw Veggies (Broccoli, peppers, celery, sprouts, lentil sprouts, anything you have that needs to be used)

Finally, taste and add to taste:

Soy sauce/tamari/braggs or
Seasoning Salts
Acid (vinegars, citrus juices, tamarind umeboshi)
Your favorite spices
More nutritional yeast
Your favorite oils (I add more oils last... and usually the best quality oils I have..)
Hummus or your favorite bean based spreads

You basically want to get a nice balance of savory, acidic, sweet, crunchy..

*rawish because not all the ad ins are raw

Make sure your hands are VERY clean before making this salad
This will keep (as long as you NEVER double dip or use the same tasting spoon) for up to 4 days in the fridge.

I hope you play around with what you have on hand. That is how the BEST creations are made.

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