Garlicky Green Slaw

Does anyone else have more kale and/or collards and/or carrots than they know what to do with in their refrigerator right now? Ever since we signed up for a subscription produce box, our crisper drawers have been overflowing with certain vegetables that we seem to receive week after week.

If you’ve been following the blog for any period of time, you know that I hate to waste food. Absolutely hate it. But, I can only make so many carrot soups and green smoothies.

This week, I decided to try a little variation on slaw. The final product was somewhere between a slaw and a salad, but it serves all of the slaw purposes. It can go on tacos or barbecue sandwiches, sit alongside a pile of mashed potatoes, or stand alone as a side dish.

The key is the massage. I know, I was skeptical too. But getting into this slaw with your fingers and making sure the acidic vinegar has a chance to break down the toughness of the greens is the secret to flavorful, fresh slaw that you don’t have to chew for years.

I hope this helps you maximize the use of your crop share or produce box. Let me know what you serve with slaw this week.

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Garlickly Green Slaw

Fresh, crisp, garlicky greens make a crunchy summer slaw.

Makes: 4 servings

Garlicky Green Slaw

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  • 1 head or large bunch hearty greens (such as kale, chard, or collard greens), stemmed and sliced thinly
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated or cut into thin ribbons
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Massage the slaw with your fingertips until the greens begin to soften.
  3. While this slaw can be served immediately, the flavors meld nicely when chilled for several hours.

Notes and Nutrition Information

  • This slaw can be made a bit heartier with a sprinkling of chopped nuts or bacon.

  • One fourth of this recipe as written contains approximately 118 calories, 7 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 75 milligrams of sodium.

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