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Kale Sprout and Kumquat Slaw {vegan}

Ready for a new twist on coleslaw? Try this colorful kale sprout and kumquat slaw–tiny tart orange kumquat slices and shreds of purple-tinged kale sprouts with a sweet and sour vinaigrette.

Kale Sprout and Kumquat Slaw

As a pastry chef, I used to think of kumquats as cute citrusy dessert deco, or the makings of marmalade; it never occurred to me to feature the fruit’s tangy and sweet qualities in anything else. That is, until I savored kumquat’s bright color and flavor in Becky’s salad. Thanks Becky for showing me the greens and kumquat way.

kumquat slices

Kale sprouts are a cross between red Russian kale and Brussels sprouts; they look like thumb-size cabbage heads branching miniature frilly kale leaves.

Shredded peppery kale sprouts massaged with lemon and salt, in a dressing of maple syrup and dates, tossed with crunchy roasted pistachios and sliced orange kumquats—ahhhhh—kale sprout and kumquat slaw.

kale sprouts in colander

Kale sprout and kumquat slaw notes:

  • If you don’t have kale sprouts, replace with thin chiffonade kale ribbons or finely chopped broccoli.
  • If kumquats are not available, substitute orange or grapefruit sections. Candied orange zest is nice too.
  • Instead of making slaw, toss kale sprouts with olive oil and salt and roast at 400°F 10 to 15 minutes. The leaves crisp up like kale chips and the tougher stems become tender to the bite. Delicious!
  • Eat kumquats whole. Pop one into your mouth as a snack; the edible sweet outer rind balances the very tart fruit inside.
  • Look for kale sprouts at Trader Joe’s. Kale sprouts are sometimes sold as Kalettes–ask your produce vendor.

Kale Sprout and Kumquat Salad

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  • YUMTASTIC on this slaw! I have some kumquats in the back yard….I know what will happen to them tonight. Reply · 27 May, 2015

    • Letty

      Ahh the benefits of living in a Mediterranean climate. As a young girl my sisters and I waged kumquat fights–wasting the bounty from my grandmother’s tree. I didn’t eat the avocados from our own trees either. Now that I love both avos and kumquats I live in the mountains! Reply · 27 May, 2015

  • Kumquat Slaw. It’s even fun to say. Looks beautiful too. GREG Reply · 29 May, 2015

  • I am often looking for a way to use kumquats! We have 4 trees! Reply · 1 June, 2015

    • Letty

      Tammy, I made a delicious kumquat smoothie with water, yogurt and vanilla and named it Orange Julianna! Reply · 2 June, 2015

  • I love this recipe! AND I’m loving your site. I’m so glad we met at Indulge PDX this past weekend. Reply · 4 June, 2015

    • Letty

      Thanks Bonnie. Great to meet you and share the decadent wonderful SouthPark Seafood dinner! Reply · 5 June, 2015

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