Dana Slatkin

Kale Peanut Slaw

kale peanut slaw

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Will we ever have our fill of kale? Not me. Like the perfect white tee shirt, kale has transcended the whims of food fashion to become a classic. It pairs well with almost anything. It’s hip. And it’s in season all year. Forget that it’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Kale makes me happy.

So when the folks at Oprah.com asked me to talk about kale salads, it was an easy “yes.” (You’ve probably noticed, kale fans love to rhapsodize about its virtues.) But I wasn’t prepared to win over a reluctant carnivore, one who happened to be tall, dark and handsome.

Hosting the segment, entitled Restaurant-Worthy Kale Salads (to air shortly), was Karamo Brown, all charm and swagger, an alum of MTV’s Real World and self-professed zero-vegetable eater.

When I showed up at the sprawling YouTube Space in Playa Vista, a former aircraft hangar once owned by Howard Hughes, I knew I was in for some fun. It felt like a giant house party, with people milling about everywhere, many of whom had earned free use of the studios by amassing 10,000 followers with their broadcasts.

Karamo introduced himself right away, chirping, “We gonna talk kale today!” I could think of other things I wanted to talk to him about. His smile was infectious, and he couldn’t wait to stab his fork into the three kale salads I had brought to demonstrate.

This one was his favorite, and it’s mine, too. Inspired by a dish at the Honor Bar in Beverly Hills, it’s got Asian notes and Angeleno spirit. Use the sharpest knife you can find to shred the kale and cabbage as finely as possible. It adds pep to any sandwich, compliments grilled fish and meats, and will hold up beautifully at a picnic.

If there are peanut allergies in your crowd, just swap out the peanut products for sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds. And in case you encounter folks who don’t like vegetables this summer, don’t hold it against them. Just let them eat kale.

Here are some more ways to go crazy for kale!

Kale Quinoa Salad with Champagne Mustard Vinaigrette

Crispy Parmesan Kale Chips

Crispy Miso Sesame Kale Chips

Strawberry Kale & Quinoa Salad with Cranberries, Nuts & Margarita Dressing

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Wishing you a delicious, carefree summer filled with beauty, adventure, and good company!



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