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Autumn Kale Slaw + Movie Night

“Sorry to disturb you young lady, what kind of vegetable are you holding there?” I was waiting in line at our farmer’s market with curious baby Isac resting on my right arm and two large bunches of green and purple kale on my left and turned around to see the kind old woman that was talking to me. At first I looked down at our little pumpkin, staring at me with his big eyes and cute little hat. But then I realized that it was the kale she was asking about. I was a bit surprised by the question, as kale has been one of the most hyped ingredients these past couple of years and you can buy it in most food stores now during the autumn. But I quickly woke up from my pompous foodie bubble. I told her that it was called kale and explained some of the wonderful ways how you can prepare it. And while I was talking I noticed that the whole line was listening in on our conversation. Apparently we need to keep talking about kale.

So, even though quite a few of you blog readers probably already are using kale in soups, smoothies, batters, bread, salads, pilafs, tomato sauce and as chips, I have realized that there also is a large bunch of people that still haven’t. If you are one of them, I truly encourage you to try it. The leaves might seem thick and sturdy at first, but that only makes them more versatile to use (as you also can use them in warm dishes). And when you massage the leaves with some oil, the sturdiness disappears and it becomes smooth as lettuce. I haven’t even mentioned how healthy it is! Kale is in fact one of the most nutrition packed vegetables on earth. So go grab some kale and start cooking!

Today we are sharing two different ways to eat this superfood.


In this first recipe, we have paired kale with two other ingredients that are in season at the moment, carrots and apples. This is a kind of a slaw with sweetness from apples and honey, creaminess from tahini, tang from lemon and crunch from carrots and roasted hazelnuts. It is a delicious lunch full of flavor and texture and if you add some black lentils, it also makes a filling dinner. I’m sure you can tell from David’s photos that this truly is an awesome recipe.

The second recipe is this video where Elsa and I show how to make Kale Chips. It is a quick, easy and a fun way to eat your superfood. Warning to sensitive parents! The following clip contains images of a child stuffing her mouth full of healthy food. You can also read the full recipe over on our youtube channel.


Autumn Kale Slaw

6 stems kale (we mixed purple and green), stemmed and shredded
6 carrots, very finely shredded
2 apples, very finely shredded
1 cup raw hazelnuts (or any nuts or seeds of choice)

Tahini dressing
4 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
2 tbsp honey, preferable unpasteurized
2 tbsp lemon juice
water to thin

Heat a skillet on medium-low heat. Toast the hazelnuts until the skin has cracked and golden in color. Coarsely chop the nuts. Combine the shredded kale and carrots in a large mixing bowl. Stir together tahini, honey and lemon juice in a small bowl, add water a little by little and stir until desired consistency. Pour the dressing over the kale slaw and combine. Use you hands to massage the leaves, make sure every single kale leaf is covered in dressing. Top with shredded apple and toasted hazelnuts. Ready to serve.


PS – Movie night!
We also wanted to let you know that David, Isac and I we will be in London for some book related events in a couple of weeks. One event that is open for public is a food and film night on Tuesday 23 September at gorgeous Charlotte Street Hotel just north of Soho. We were asked to select a food movie that we both liked and since film is something we don’t often agree on, it took us about two weeks to finally decide on the food blog movie of all times, “Julie & Julia” with the awesome Meryl Streep as Julia Child. You might have seen this movie before, but probably not in a room full of other food bloggers. It should make for some interesting discussions afterwards.

We will be selling and signing books and before the movie starts we will also do a Q&A with the audience, so make sure to bring any questions that you might have. After the film, the chefs at the hotel have prepared a 3-course dinner from our new book that we all will be having together. Isac and I might have to drop off a bit earlier but David has promised to be there all night to chat with all of you and answer any questions that you might have. You can read more about the event here. Book tickets by sending an email to [email protected]. A ticket for the full night with dinner is £49. Or £20 if you only want to attend the book signing, watch the film and Q&A. There is a limited amount of tickets, so don’t book too late. We are hoping to see you there! /Luise


  1. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 15:18 | #

    im so happy that you guys are spreading kale love at the market. I received a copy of cookbook by my friend Julia @ theroastedroot who wrote all about kale, it was very nice.

    and this salad sounds perfect for this season.

  2. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 15:42 | #

    that is a cute story… i like the imagery of having a bunch of kale in one arm and a baby in the other :) and this slaw has allll of my favorite ingredients! tahini! hazelnuts! YUM.

  3. Cassie
    Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 15:51 | #

    I love it in my smoothies, but I’m excited to try this recipe!

  4. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 15:54 | #

    At the moment I see there is a new post, I always hurry to look at it, curious for your beautiful stories, stunning photographs and mouthwatering creative recipes! It’s a pity that kale is very hard to find in Spain…

    • Sue
      Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 13:04 | #

      why not grow it yourself? It is so easy to grow, particularly if you cover it with butterfly-proof netting.

  5. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 15:59 | #

    I used to walk past that beautiful hotel on my way to uni every day and Julie & Julia also happens to be my favourite movie. I hope you have a wonderful night!

    • Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 15:59 | #

      Also I just ordered a Kale slogan sweater today. Perfect timing!

  6. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 16:12 | #

    I want to cook and to try this superfood. Hope, I find it in Russia))

  7. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 17:00 | #

    I love kale in all forms and shapes and this kale looks amazing. Great pictures too!

  8. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 17:34 | #

    The photos and the video are beautiful, as always! Kale chips are one of my favorites too!! So delicious and addictive! :) That salad sounds amazing – I have a bunch of kale in the fridge right now, so I may be having this for lunch today!

  9. Emily
    Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 18:35 | #

    Gorgeous salad/slaw! And Elsa is so cute in the kale chips video. I would love to attend the movie night. I am going to check my calendar right away. Wiih!

  10. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 19:10 | #

    Hazelnuts and apples are made for each other! YUM! And purple kale is so pretty. Thanks for the reminder that not everyone is eating the same way we are. Sometimes i forget that quinoa and bee pollen are not in everyones kitchen!

  11. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 19:21 | #

    Both recipes look divine. I’ve never used lemon juice with my kale chips. What a great idea. I also love how you always include your daughter in the cooking process. Lucky girl!
    Thanks for sharing

  12. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 20:08 | #

    Looks amazing! I love the colours of the salad!

    The movie night also sounds like fun!

  13. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 20:17 | #

    I love kale! Yesterday when I saw fresh kale in my local store, I was smiling for myself – and off course I had to buy it.
    Thanks for the recipes, I think I will try the kale salad with tahini dressing (another favourite of mine, but I hadn’t thought about combining those two).
    :) Luna

  14. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 20:31 | #

    Gorgeous salad! As the produce from the garden starts to slow down, the kale is the one thing that will NOT be stopped, happily. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 22:42 | #

    Well, I’ve certainly eaten my share of kale but am always looking for more recipes. That’s too funny that you thought she was talking about your son! Ha!

  16. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 23:14 | #

    Great recipe ideas for kale! I, too, am sometimes caught by surprise when people aren’t familiar with kale, but then I remember when I was there myself. (Isn’t kale that filler vegetable they use to separate the meat trays at the deli counter???) LOL…..

  17. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 23:25 | #

    Congrats on your new addition. Kale is growing like mad in my garden, will be making both of these recipes. Nice video!

  18. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 01:21 | #

    Looks delicious! Elsa is SO cute in the video :)

  19. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 02:00 | #

    Definitely going to introduce my mum to this recipe, she loves every type of slaw, and I’m sure this one will be no different. I’m really keen to try making my own kale chips because the ones in the stores where I live are ridiculously expensive.
    Wish I lived near London so I could go to that movie night.

  20. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 04:21 | #

    Kale, apples, carrots, and tahini?! So many of my favorite things together in one simple dish!

  21. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 05:27 | #

    Kale chips are the best, and this salad looks perfect. I want to eat it all week! And maybe the following week, too!

  22. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 06:26 | #

    I totally agree! I’m still surprised how many people I’ve talked to that have heard of kale, but have no idea how to use it. + this slaw is just perfect!

  23. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 08:02 | #

    This is perfection! I cannot wait to make it myself.

  24. Eva
    Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 10:34 | #

    Difficult to find kale in France… It’s a pity!! Any ideas how to replace it?

  25. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 12:04 | #

    I just received some cavolo nero in my veg box, I think I’ll adapt this recipe to use it. Do you think cashew butter would work well as a substitute for tahini?

    That move night sounds like it’ll be fab – Julie & Julia has been a favourite film of mine for years!

  26. Astrid
    Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 12:23 | #

    My garden is overflowing with kale, carrots and Apples at the moment. Gotta love this season! The work you are doing is such and inspiration. Love from Norway

  27. Sue
    Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 13:06 | #

    I am presuming you mean ‘steamed’ kale and not de-stemmed kale, i.e. raw kale

  28. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 13:39 | #

    Isn’t it nice when people actually stop you to ask for information? After all, kale is not as hip in many parts of Europe as it is in the States.
    A couple days ago, a coworker asked me what broccoli looks like. While I find this utterly disheartening, It is nice to know you can be of help.

    Wow, I really wish I could come to your movie night! That is one of my favorite movies. Great choice.

  29. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 14:11 | #

    I cannot wait to make this kale salad. If only I had access to kale here in Switzerland. They simply don’t grow/sell it short of a few weeks in the Autumn, so this recipe will be on stand-by. Julie and Julia is a fantastic movie, good choice. ;-)

  30. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 14:29 | #

    Really hoping there are still tickets left for the event! I’ve sent an email and am waiting to hear back.
    Loved the kale chips video. Elsa is such a cutie :)

  31. Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 15:19 | #

    This looks absolutely delicious! Must try it out soon!

  32. Courtney Wiggins
    Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 16:08 | #

    Hello!! My husband and I are coming to London the same week you’ll be there for our honeymoon!! But unfortunately we are scheduled to go to Brussels that on Tuesday the 23rd at 3pm….is there any other events going on that Sunday or during the day that Tuesday the 23rd? We would love to see you and get our cookbook signed, as we’ve been following you for years. Thanks so much!!!

  33. JustSayWoah
    Posted 5 Sep ’14 at 16:49 | #

    Loveyoumeanit, but I just can’t with kale. It’s just not good!

  34. Posted 6 Sep ’14 at 03:20 | #

    Love the looks of the kale slaw. Hazelnuts and apples, yum!

  35. Trudi
    Posted 6 Sep ’14 at 13:41 | #

    Another brilliant recipe, your blog has really inspired me to make big changes to my family’s diet..excited to try this as have lots of kale growing. Just wondering, what can I substitute for tahini as it is not a favourite, which is strange as I do like sesame seeds…

  36. Posted 6 Sep ’14 at 18:30 | #

    I wish I could be there! :)

  37. Posted 8 Sep ’14 at 06:11 | #

    I’ve been looking for a recipe to work Kale into my diet … this one looks like just the type I’d like to try!

  38. Posted 8 Sep ’14 at 15:11 | #

    Apples, kale, and walnuts go beautifully together… such a simple yet satisfying and delicious salad- and the dressing includes honey which balances the flavors and adds a nice depth to the flavors! Thank you for this recipe!


    Carmela Living

  39. Posted 9 Sep ’14 at 00:15 | #

    I’m so happy it’s time for kale again and this slaw looks delicious!

  40. Posted 9 Sep ’14 at 03:28 | #

    Not a fan of Kale, But you make it seem very delicious! This beats taking supplements and just taking the healthy benefits from the Kale & Veggies!

  41. valentina
    Posted 9 Sep ’14 at 10:30 | #

    vi avevo trovato mesi fa, poi avevo perso il vostro sito, ora vi ho ritrovati con molto piacere, mi interessa il vostro libro, sono italiana e vivo in Italia, lo farete tradurre in italiano? mi piacerebbe tanto.
    un saluto a tutta la vostra famiglia

  42. Posted 9 Sep ’14 at 20:20 | #

    I love the idea of a “kale slaw,” brilliant! Funny thing- my grandparents used to grow LOADS of kale in their yard as decorative shrubs. Never once did they eat it! They really are beautiful plants. Can’t wait to get my kale on!

  43. Posted 10 Sep ’14 at 00:51 | #

    I love to hear Elsa eats Kale salad! I’m a strong believer that kids will eat what they’re exposed to- and hate the idea of “kid food.”

    This salad looks amazing. I’ve been adding hazelnuts to everything lately- salads, using hazelnut meal in baked goods, hazelnut milk- it’s such an incredible flavor!

  44. Posted 10 Sep ’14 at 16:40 | #

    Love this salad!

  45. Natalia
    Posted 11 Sep ’14 at 16:43 | #

    I made this tasty slaw but replaced the kale with collard greens as that was what I had available. Still delicious! and so healthy!

  46. Posted 12 Sep ’14 at 13:34 | #

    Oh I love stories like this, darlings! Connecting over food, over possibilities and curiosity!

    You’re changing many lives, that’s for sure!

    Much love to you all <3 <3 <3

  47. Posted 13 Sep ’14 at 09:39 | #

    It is also my first time to hear the word Kale and I’m so glad I get to know it so I may able to add it for my healthy organic recipes. This looks good and guess I would like its taste so better try it! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Posted 15 Sep ’14 at 04:32 | #

    A beautiful salad! Can’t wait to give it a try :)

  49. Posted 15 Sep ’14 at 20:36 | #

    Älskar att ni är såna grönkålsförespråkare! Nu har den ju fått nåt slags uppsving men den har alldeles länge varit en av våra mest underskattade grönsaker. Go grönkål!

  50. Posted 15 Sep ’14 at 22:19 | #

    I’ve been hesitant to try Kale, not sure why. This definitely makes me want to try it!

  51. Sofie
    Posted 16 Sep ’14 at 16:35 | #

    Hi David and Luise
    I’m from Denmark and I really love the scandinavian kitchen, which is quite lucky, as it is easy for me to find fresh and local ingredients.
    However, I’ve recently opended my eyes to the asian kitchens and fallen in love with both thai and indian flavors!

  52. Sarah
    Posted 16 Sep ’14 at 19:08 | #

    Ola! Sarah here from sunny South Africa. Always look forward to the new inspirations you post, blog and video. Simplicity in all its deliciousness :) Favourite cuisines would be Italian or anything along the Mediterranean coast. All the very best with the new book!

  53. Isabel
    Posted 16 Sep ’14 at 20:37 | #

    Hello! I am Isabel from Portugal and I absolutely love lebanese food! I look forward to seing your book live :)

  54. Cindy Leung
    Posted 17 Sep ’14 at 12:09 | #

    Hello I’m Cindy from Hong Kong :D
    My favourite cuisine undoubtedly is fried eggs with tomatoes! The sweet and sour tomato – ketchup sauce with just-cooked fried eggs is just the most delicious but easiest recipe in the world you’ve ever made! With my mom’s secret fried eggs recipe, I’m pretty sure nothing as tasty as heaven like this cuisine! Trust me, You’ll going crazy about this dish once you make it! :D Thanks for holding this giveaway!

  55. Sandy
    Posted 17 Sep ’14 at 15:48 | #

    Greetings Luise, David ,Elsa and Isac, My family and I love in northern Canada. Congratulations on your new book and all the inspirational work you have shared with us so far! My favorite cuisine is probably mediterranean with those gorgeous vegetable dishes and fresh, fruity olive oils. I love to use new spices and ingredients which don’t grow in Canada. Of course a glass of red wine compliments it all well.

  56. Lina
    Posted 17 Sep ’14 at 19:01 | #


    Jag undrar vad för sorts maskin ni använder när ni mixar, maler och liknande. Har ni en mixer och en matberedare eller en modell som fungerar som båda? Vad rekommenderar ni för modeller och märken?

  57. Gill
    Posted 17 Sep ’14 at 21:17 | #

    I am from New York State in the USA and love vegetarian cuisine of the Philippines, Italy, India, and the Middle East.

    Thank you for offering this giveaway to your blog readers.

  58. pavleta
    Posted 18 Sep ’14 at 21:16 | #

    Hello! I’m Pavleta from rainy and cold Berlin and I love Bulgarian food.I’m born and raised in Bulgaria and that’s why I’m so familiar with the food. I like simple, healthy and delicious vegetarian/vegan dishes.

    P.S. Congratulations on your book! I’ve been following you on instagram and I find you both so inspiring :)

  59. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 09:13 | #

    To bad that I have hazelnut allergies, but I tried the kale slaw with roasted almonds on top and it was still delicious. Love the interactivity with the youtube clips it really gives your blog a new dimension. Tack för inspirerande blogg och böcker, Kör hårt!

  60. EMS
    Posted 20 Sep ’14 at 18:18 | #

    I am a student that enjoys and sees many benefits in eating healthy. Honestly though, I am a bit apprehensive about putting kale, spinach, etc. into my soups and smoothies! Your mention of how easy kale disappears within some foods makes me more willing to add it into my next smoothie, I am sure that the health benefits are well worth it!

  61. Radia
    Posted 23 Sep ’14 at 23:01 | #

    Are you thinking on publishing a french version of tour web site ?

  62. Jennifer
    Posted 24 Sep ’14 at 10:50 | #

    Such a fun movie evening last night guys and was great to hear you talk about healthy eating in person! Just a question I never got to ask – do you take any specific ingredients or kitchen equipment travelling with you? I have become dependant on ACV and coconut oil but sometimes it is hard (and unnecessary) to travel with everything including the kitchen sink! Thanks!

  63. Gemma
    Posted 1 Oct ’14 at 02:03 | #

    I made both of these for dinner last night – I topped the slaw with the chips – as my dad had a bumper crop of kale this season. I also added shredded beetroot as this was part of the afternoon vege garden haul – great flavour combinations, we were scraping the bowl at the end! Love your work.

  64. Posted 6 Nov ’14 at 19:09 | #

    Hey! I just love all your recipes and also like the ones with kale a lot. I do have a question though. Here in The Netherlands you can buy packages of shredded kale in the supermarket, but I have no idea how much I have to use when the recipe says 4-5 stems of kale. Do you have an estimate weight maybe? Thanks so much!

  65. Posted 6 Nov ’14 at 20:13 | #

    Thank you for this delicious ideas!

  66. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 12:39 | #

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  67. Posted 9 Dec ’14 at 00:08 | #

    Tried this recipe and it turned out great, although i had tweaked it a bit.I didn’t have any hazelnuts at hand and made the apple and carrot bits a little chunkier, used a rainforest honey and replaced the water with balsamic & Cyder vinegar in the dressing, and served it with seasoned quinoa. Thank you so much for posting these great ideas, keep it up!

  68. Posted 28 Sep ’15 at 09:41 | #

    really yummy recipe! I replaced the hazelnuts with almonds and pumpkin seeds and it gave me lots of energy for the entire day!

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