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Balboa Cafe's kale slaw

Time 30 minutes
Yields Makes about 12 cups
Balboa Cafe's kale slaw
(Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Dear SOS: I am in love with the kale slaw from Balboa Cafe in Mill Valley, Calif. That dish was actually what turned me on to kale, but I can’t find a salad as good. I love visiting Northern California and especially going to Balboa Cafe for the kale slaw. So I can also enjoy it at home, do you think you can get the recipe?

Lisa Miller

Santa Monica

Dear Lisa: For this slaw, incredibly simple to make, thinly sliced kale is tossed with colorful carrots, red cabbage and fresh fennel, then coated with a light but tangy dressing. Toasted walnuts are added at the end for added crunch. Balboa Cafe was happy to share its recipe for the salad, which is perfect served as a side or light meal.

Dressing

1

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, cider vinegar and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This makes a generous 11/2 cups dressing, which will keep, covered and refrigerated, up to 5 days.

Kale slaw

1

In a large bowl, combine the kale, carrots, cabbage and fennel. Add 1 cup dressing, tossing to coat; add additional dressing, a little at a time, to coat the salad as desired. Taste and season with one-eighth teaspoon salt and pepper, or as desired. Toss with the walnuts before serving.