Kale, Apple + Red Cabbage Slaw

Kale, Apple + Red Cabbage Slaw with Cider Dijon Dressing and Caraway ⎮ happy hearted kitchenKale, Apple + Red Cabbage Slaw with Cider Dijon Dressing and Caraway ⎮ happy hearted kitchenKale, Apple + Cabbage Slaw with Cider Dijon Dressing and Caraway ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

I started this blog years ago when I first moved to France to be with Matt. I was waiting for my visa to come through and was looking for a way to keep myself challenged and occupied. I was new to being vegetarian and quickly realized that I didn’t know much about being in the kitchen, except that I liked it there.

Over the years, the blog has had its ups and downs but it has forever remained a creative outlet for me. Sure there have been times when I stress about getting content posted or feel frustrated about my photography. It is in these moments when I have to remind myself that creativity is never a competition. And then it always feels worthwhile.

Last weekend, for the first time since hitting publish, I served happy hearted food to people other than my family. I’ve dabbled in catering before, but never as a direct link to this space. So last Sunday, I put together a menu, packed up the car and set up a humble spot at the local festival.

It was wild, you guys. We sold out of every last little crumb. I’d have been lost without Matt, who formed the one and only member of my hectic salad assembly line. It was messy and chaotic and totally unedited. It was awesome. That instant connection with people is what makes it all the more real. It felt like I was bringing my food to life. To all those who came out and said hi, thank you for your patience and kind words. I promise to make more dip next year. To courage, creativity and to keeping things happy hearted. To fall flavors and red cabbage slaw.

Kale, Apple + Red Cabbage Slaw with Cider Dijon Dressing and Caraway ⎮ happy hearted kitchenKale, Apple + Red Cabbage Slaw with Cider Dijon Dressing and Caraway ⎮ happy hearted kitchenKale, Apple + Red Cabbage Slaw with Cider Dijon Dressing and Caraway ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

Kale, Apple + Red Cabbage Slaw with Cider Dijon Dressing and Caraway

We grew some tiny red cabbage in our garden this summer. They’re all used up now after a few of these slaws but they were put to good use. Our local farm is producing the most gorgeous purple kale and the apples are falling to the ground all over town. It’s such a good season.

The nuts and seeds here add crunch and the caraway keeps things interesting. I also threw some dried cranberries on top like it was the nineties but that tart sweetness just seals the deal. Summer’s bounty turned into the flavors of fall, I just love how things are always shifting.

Vegan + Gluten Free. Serves 2-4.

Let me in on your kitchen creations – tag your photos #happyheartedkitchen and share the love!

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 small bunch of curly green or purple kale
  • 1 small head or half a medium head of purple cabbage
  • 1 sunrise apple, or local apple of choice
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, preferably apple juice sweetened

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, finely grated with a microplane
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Good pinch fine sea salt + black pepper to taste

What to

Preheat to oven to 400 F / 200 C and and line a baking sheet with parchment.

Toss walnuts, sunflower seeds and caraway seeds together with a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Spread out onto baking sheet and roast in the oven until brown, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the dressing. Whisk everything together until emulsified and adjust seasoning as needed.

In a large salad bowl, mix together sliced kale, cabbage and apples. Sprinkle roasted nuts and seeds onto and add dried cranberries. Pour over desired amount of dressing and mix together until the cabbage and kale are well coated. Serve immediately or let salad sit in the fridge to soak up flavors. Salad will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

 

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  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Mmm such a tasty sounding dressing! This salad looks awesome!

  • Sus Davy

    I’m so glad it went so well, I knew it would do. The menu looked gorgeous and your new logo is totally rocking! Hurrah for endless slaw xx

    • Thanks Sus! It was a blast! Sending love + slaw your way 🙂 x

  • Jodi! I love everything about this post. The words, your recipe, and the new logo – LOVE (!!!). So perfectly captures HHK, and goodness if that menu doesn’t make me start to salivate too. So happy to hear all this good news friend. I hope you are having a stellar week filled with lots of joy <3 and this delicious salad. -xx

    • Thanks Jessie! Thank YOU for coming to HHK and making it what it is! It’s all good when you’re in good company 🙂 love + joy to you today x

  • Ah! Jodes! So happy this whole day unfolded so well! I am so proud of you for setting your eyes on this and giving it your all. Still can’t believe you cooked all that food on your own. Still secretly hoping my sample/taster will appear in the mail… just sayin’

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