Vinaigrette Kale Slaw (For Tacos, Sandwiches, or a Side Salad)
Lacinato Kale (also known as Dinosaur Kale) is massaged with a bit of salt to break down the tough leaves and help remove the bitterness. The traditional slaw ingredients are then added to the kale: shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots, sliced green onions, and chopped cilantro.
Place the kale in a large bowl. Sprinkle the salt over the top of the kale. Massage the salt into the kale, for about 30 seconds, until the kale breaks down and softens.
Add the remaining slaw ingredients to the salt-softened kale. Set the bowl aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. I recommend starting with just a pinch or two of red pepper flakes and salt to begin. You can add more of both ingredients once the vinaigrette is mixed with the kale slaw.
Pour the vinaigrette over the kale slaw, and stir to combine the ingredients. For the best flavor, allow the slaw to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes-24 hours. This allows the flavors of the vinaigrette to "marry" with the slaw ingredients. If you like a crunchier slaw, only pour half the vinaigrette over the slaw, and add the remaining vinaigrette before serving (storing the extra dressing in the fridge until needed).
Serve the slaw over tacos, shredded meat sandwiches, or as a side salad.