Last week while I was sitting in a statistics class, I was struck with a foodspiration (food + inspiration) moment. It was a gorgeous day outside and all I could think about was summer, cottaging, swimming, sunshine and, of course, eating! I couldn’t stop thinking about things I eat in the summer, which is usually a-lot of everything. I was craving food to eat on a hot day. Other than potato salad (which is a staple in the summer, more on that later), I love coleslaw. Not the mayo-drenched sweetened “coleslaw”; I love vinegar-dressed coleslaw! And this is where I had my inspiration and created this gorgeous, super nutrient dense kale slaw salad. This slaw highlights awesome features of some very simple ingredients, and to make the slaw tangy and crisp, I used one of my favourite condiments, apple cider vinegar!
apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a vinegar made from fermented apples. This vinegar is rich in enzymes that help increase digestibility! For anyone who has some digestive distress – I highly recommend introducing ACV into your diet! ACV is even used to treat symptoms of heart burn, it may sound contradictory but it actually works. This is because ACV will actually trigger your stomach to produce more hydrochloric acid, aiding in the digestion of remaining food particles that are causing you to feel bloated or gassy after a heavy meal. Instead of popping an antacid if you have heart burn (which does sooo much more damage and doesn’t look at the root cause), try drinking 1 tsp of ACV in a cup of water and ~magic~ you will feel better immediately.
In addition to its digestive effects, ACV is key to creating alkalinity in your body. It is ideal for our body to be in a state of alkalinity – however most of us are acidic. This is essentially due to what you eat; a diet high in processed foods, grains, and meat makes us acidic. Dis-ease and (bad) bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells can proliferate in an acidic state. I could actually write about this for days…but also achieving alkalinity is not easy – it requires consuming greens, greens and more greens and water and greens and more water and greens and some fruit! Greens! ACV to the rescue. ACV will help balance your pH because it creates an overall detoxification effect of the body, it stimulates your liver to rid of the toxins and eliminate through your bowels – WE WANT THIS.
You can even clean with apple cider vinegar, or use it as a conditioner in hair(one of my faves). It really is an awesome, awesome solution.
Alright, so now that I’ve made my point about how amazing apple cider vinegar is – I hope I have empowered you to go out, buy some and try some! In addition to making this slaw recipe, you can also use ACV as an alternative to balsamic vinegar or white vinegar in your salad dressing.
Super Kale Slaw
- 1 bunch of kale, cut into ribbons (I used lucinato or dinosaur kale)
- 1/2 head of a large red cabbage, cut into ribbons (I used a mandolin to get the desired thickness and the sliced accordingly)
- 3 medium carrots, julienned
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 2 teaspoons of tamari (AKA wheat free GMO free soya sauce)
- salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- Slice all the vegetables accordingly and put into a big salad bowl
- Combine apple cider vinegar, EVOO and tamari in a separate bowl and mix well
- Add dressing to salad bowl and mix.