Winter Garden Slaw

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Winter Garden Slaw @Lizthechef

Earlier this week, I decided to challenge myself to make a salad from ingredients in our San Diego garden.

I found lots of kale, small golden beets and plenty of flat-leaved parsley. The orange tree is still loaded with fruit and our older Meyer lemon tree is at the height of its season.

Inspired by Ina Garten’s recipe for a winter slaw, I opted for my version of a slaw rather than a salad.

At the last minute, I “cheated” and threw in some red cabbage and a handful of Brussels sprouts from the fridge.

Everything came together quickly and easily, and it was fun to prowl around the garden and come up with a slaw for our supper – in February, no less.

TIP: Assemble the slaw, toss it with the vinaigrette, then allow it to sit for an hour or two in your fridge. This step will allow the slaw the absorb the vinaigrette and slightly soften the vegetables.

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Winter Garden Slaw
Recipe type: vegetable and fruit slaw
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Serves: 2 servings
A winter slaw made (mostly) with ingredients found in our San Diego garden.
  • 1 cup lacinato kale, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 6 Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced
  • 3 small golden beets, cooked, peeled and chopped
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and cut into small sections
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaved parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fruity olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  1. Combine the kale, cabbage, sprouts, beets, oranges and parsley in a medium-sized non-reactive bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper in a small, deep bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Toss the slaw with the vinaigrette, cover and refrigerate for an hour or two before serving.


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23 Responses to Winter Garden Slaw

  1. Suzanne February 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    Liz, thats a gorgeous slaw/salad and lucky you having all those fruits and vegetables growing in your garden.

    • Liz February 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      I always am appreciative of living here, Suzanne, and never take it for granted, drought and all!

  2. Lynda February 20, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    This is a lovely salad – not only is it pretty, but I can imagine how well the flavors go together.

    • Liz February 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Thanks, Lynda, it was fun to “shop” in our own garden.

  3. Laura @ Family Spice February 20, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    What a beautiful salad! I love a happy and colorful salad, especially during the winter time, when I’m not so inclined to enjoy a salad.

    • Liz February 20, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

      Laura, thanks – I had two serious crises with my camera – as you can see – was channeling you- and here you are. Miss you –

  4. Wendy Read February 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

    Gorgeous pic and salad! Love that you shopped your garden, great theme. XO

    • Liz February 21, 2015 at 8:13 am #

      Thanks, Wendy – it was fun.

  5. mare February 21, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Liz, this sounds so refreshing and delicious and perfect for the Springtime in Winter weather that we are having in CA! I have a few of those ingredients in my garden and know where to find the rest.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Liz February 21, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      You are so welcome, Mare – hope that coyote of yours hasn’t eaten all your vegetables!

  6. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 21, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    Adore your idea of creating a salad out of your own garden! Shop the backyard, indeed! It is seriously pretty, too.

    • Liz February 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      Thanks, Dorothy – I got a kick out of making it.

  7. Sippitysup February 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    I envy that garden of yours. My garden is depleted of everything but herbs. GREG

    • Liz February 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

      This is new for me, Greg, to grow winter vegetables – I started last year with rainbow chard and we were up to our ears in chard.

  8. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver February 23, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    I also envy you your garden AND your green thumb! I can barely keep mint alive. What a fresh, light salad!

    • Liz February 23, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks, Lisa – my mint died too – LOL.

  9. sue|theviewfromgreatisland February 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    I love this, it’s so colorful and healthy!

    • Liz February 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      Thanks for your visit and comment, Sue – I had such problems getting a good shot…

  10. Priscilla - She's Cookin' March 1, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    I love the vibrant colors – the golden beets contrast beautifully with the purple cabbage! Reading your garden posts makes me really miss the garden we used to have. Have a great week, Liz.

    • Liz March 1, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

      Thanks, Priscilla – and a big hug to Tank.

  11. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian March 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    What a perfect salad for winter! It celebrates the freshness of citrus, greens, and beets. All favorites of mine. Definitely making. And another lovely photo!!

  12. Jayne March 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    I love kale and Brussels and golden beets! All of these things in one place sounds wonderful! How amazing that you are able to pick so many of the ingredients for this salad from your garden at this time of year!

    • Liz March 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

      It was so much fun to gather from our garden, Jayne – harvesting for kale pesto tomorrow.

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