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Shredded Kale and chopped red cabbage in a white bowl with wood tongs on the left side

Easy Kale and Red Cabbage Slaw with Parmesan Cheese Recipe

  • Author: Gitta Grether-Sweeney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


Looking for a healthy and flavorful side dish? This Kale and Red Cabbage Slaw recipe is the perfect way to add color and nutrients to your meal.


Units Scale
  • 6 ounces (1 bunch) Lacinato Kale (4 cups shredded) also known as dinosaur or Tuscan kale
  • 6 ounces (1/2 a small head) red cabbage, core removed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Remove the leaves by holding the bottom part of the stem with one hand and pulling the leaves down the stem.
  2. Stack the kale leaves on top of each other and cut the leaves into very thin slices.
  3. Place the shredded kale in the basket of a salad spinner. Rinse the kale with cold water and spin it dry.  Note:  If you do not have a salad spinner, thoroughly wash the kale leaves and dry them with a paper or cloth towel.  Then stack the leaves and cut them into thin slices.  
  4. Rinse the cabbage under cold running water. Slice it into thin slices.  
  5. Place the kale and cabbage in a bowl. You can combine the salad in the bowl that you plan to serve it in.
  6. Make the dressing. Add the oil to the lemon juice.  Add the salt to the lemon juice and oil. Whisk to combine.
  7. Drizzle the dressing on the kale and cabbage. Toss to combine.
  8. Make parmesan curls using a vegetable peeler.
  9. Toss and enjoy!  


  1.    Be sure not to use the stems in the salad. They are tough and do not taste good.
  2.    Let the salad sit for 30 minutes or so. This will soften the kale and allows the flavors to mellow.
  3.    Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

*Nutrition Disclaimer


  • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 94
  • Sugar: 2.6 g
  • Sodium: 609 mg
  • Fat: 7.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 2.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Kale, Red Cabbage, Lemon Vinaigrette, Kale and Red Cabbage Salad, Kale and Red Cabbage Slaw