Kale and Red Cabbage Salad

I feel like the “reset button” has been a popular topic on a lot of blogs.

You know, that reset you need after too much beer or too much cake or too much sitting on the couch watching the Olympics but not actually doing any physical activity yourself?

A good intense workout can be a great way to reset.

But my favorite version of the reset button (because lord knows there have been MANY occasions I’ve needed one) pretty much always involves a gigantic glass of water, possibly with a squeeze of lemon, and kale in some form.

A salad like this is perfect for when you know you should eat dinner even though you spent the afternoon grazing on cookie dough, or when you frosted cupcakes but also consumed just a bit more frosting than you intended to.  Don’t feel guilty, just have something healthy!  This is nice and light and has enough fiber to leave you the right kind of full, not the whole bag of chips kind of full.

I will probably making it as soon as we come back from Portland, because I plan to spend the entire time eating a ton of amazing food (recommendations always welcome! I grew up there but the food scene changes so fast)

Kale and Red Cabbage Salad


  • 3 cups thinly sliced Tuscan kale
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • half an avocado, thinly sliced
  • black and white sesame seeds (a few tsp each)
  • Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp agave
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger


  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  2. Put the cabbage and kale in a bowl and add the dressing.
  3. Toss well, and massage the dressing into the vegetables.
  4. To serve, top with avocado slices and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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7 comments to Kale and Red Cabbage Salad

  • Alex

    That salad looks delicious!

    I have lived in Portland for the last five years, and as far as food recommendations go:

    Mi Mero Mole (Portland-ized Mexican food)
    Biwa (Japanese/Korean)
    Salt and Straw (best ice cream)
    Laughing Planet (Great for lunch, locations all over the city)

    Enjoy your trip!

  • Vicky

    Yum! I def had one of those too many sweets days today. My favs in pdx are:
    Waffle Window
    Lemongrass Thai
    Escape from NY pizza

    Enjoy! Pretty much everything I’ve ever eaten in Portland is amazing :)

  • Dude. Welcome to my life! The Olympics need to hurry up and end – I’m losing so much sleep (and consuming wine, beer & snacks well into the evening – like, I really needed that beer at 11pm on a Tuesday?!) because of it!

  • Renee

    You know how much I love kale, right? That photo is making me hungry for lunch tomorrow. Have fun up in Portland, Cate!

  • i’m with you big time—love kale as a ‘reset’ food and thankfully i love kale in general! we must be on the same page today-i posted a kale salad too :) can’t wait to try yours!

  • We’re in Chicago right now. I had red velvet french toast for breakfast. I’m going to need that reset when we get home.

  • Hey Cate, when M and I were in town last time (when we met up–yay!) we went out to a place called Navarre on East Burnside. We did the small plates tasting menu–you tell them what you DON’T want and the chef makes the rest of the decisions. We had a really great experience there.

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