I was watching “Modern Family” the other day (it just happens to be one of my favorite shows and a laugh-out-loud highlight of the week).  In the middle of the show kale enters the picture!  That’s right, the green, leafy, vitamin-packed star of the produce department was featured on the sitcom.  Now, how often does that happen?  I think it’s pretty fantastic.

For a long time the only way I would eat kale would be cooked, steamed, or quickly sautéed.  It often would play a role in a soup or a stir fry.  Somehow I never thought of eating kale raw, at least not until I tried this healthy, colorful, and most important delicious and good-for-you Kale Slaw recipe from Whole Foods Market.  The recipe uses Lacinato kale, also know as Dinosaur kale – wouldn’t your kids love the fact that they are eating something called Dinosaur Kale?!  Give it a try.

Ingredients

1 bunch lacinato (a.k.a. dinosaur) kale, thick stems removed and leaves thinly sliced
4 cups shredded red cabbage (about 1 small head, quartered and cored)
2 navel oranges or Clementines, peeled and segmented
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 1 small orange)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Method

In a large bowl, combine kale, cabbage, orange segments, onion, bell pepper and sunflower seeds.

In a small bowl, whisk together mustard, orange juice, vinegar and pepper. Pour over the kale mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

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