Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, EASY! A simple side that uses ingredients you can find at most grocery stores to create a copycat Whole30 version to a store kale salad kit. I love that this includes an easy dressing that is egg-free and doesn’t require an immersion blender. The sweetness of the dressing and raisins also helps get the kid buy-in. A perfect fast dinner side or to bring to any gathering!
The salad kits use dried cranberries, but compatible cranberries without sugar can be hard to find. So, I use raisins and prefer their sweeter flavor to balance this dish. If you want to use unsweetened cranberries, I find them at Trader Joe’s. For the apple in the dressing, anything sweet is great – fuji, red delicious, gala, etc. And make sure your oil is extra light tasting, or it
will give this salad a slight olive flavor. A great budget-friendly side (see cost per serving breakdown below!)
Whole30 Kale Salad Kit
- 5 cups packed (3 oz) shredded kale, stem cut off
- 3 cups (7 oz) broccoli slaw
- ½ cup compatible salted sunflower seeds
- ½ cup raisins
- 1/2 cup+ dressing
- pinch salt
- 5 pitted dates
- 1 medium peeled apple
- ¾ cup extra light tasting olive oil
- ¼ cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
- 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1 tablespoon compatible Dijon mustard
- pinch salt
𝗧𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴:
- Soak the dates in 1 cup hot water for 5 minutes. After 5minutes, discard the hot water and combine dates and all other ingredients in ablender or food processor. Blend on high speed for 1 minute until smooth.
𝗧𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗱:
- In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Just before serving, toss with dressing and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Add more dressing as desired, to taste.
- You will have leftover dressing, store in fridge for up to two weeks (dressing will separate in the fridge - shake well to combine before using).
Can't find broccoli slaw? I usually find it in the bagged salad section of my grocery store. If you can't find it, you can also use 2 cups shredded broccoli stems, 1/2 cup shredded carrots and 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage.
This salad is the perfect blend of flavors, colors, and textures. Add some leftover chicken and it makes an awesome lunch. Thanks for another great incredible recipe.
I adore this one and keep coming back for how EASY yet tasty it is. Love the chicken add-in idea. Thank you!
This took less than 10 minutes to throw together. I added chicken on top for protein and even my kale-hating husband loved it!!
I love that even the kale-hating hubby couldn’t resist this one. Hooray!
I made this for our Christmas dinner with all my family. Everyone loved it! Which is amazing as most of us really don’t like kale. My father even said he liked it, and you never get a compliment from him over a vegetable. I didn’t mix in the dressing and it kept well, and it was all eaten by the next meal. This is the first kale salad I actually enjoyed! I did use craisins as I prefer those to raisins.
Wow, I love that this won over even the non-kale recipes. It’s so exciting to have an easy nutrient-dense salad like this in your arsenal. And that dad compliment just made my day, hooray! Thank you!
I have never rated/commented on a recipe before but this one is on frequent repeat for me. Absolutely my favorite go to salad! It’s great with chicken added and I’ve even substituted spring mix for the kale when I couldn’t find decent looking kale at my local grocery store one week. Definitely try this one!
WOOT WOOT that this one demanded a rating from you – I love it! I agree, this one surprised me how much I really enjoy it and thank you for letting me know what swaps you have enjoyed!
This is super easy & tasty! I kept all of my ingredients separate and they were good over a week. I had one mixed up in the fridge at work and didn’t get to eat it for four days and it still tasted perfect! A+ salad and easy to find ingredients at the grocery store!
YES! So smart to keep the ingredients separate until ready to eat. Glad it was enjoyed and thank you!
I’ve made this recipe several times! It makes a lot so I usually share some with family and friends! Everyone loves it!! Yum! And the best part is that it is good for you! Thank you!!
Love a winning veggie recipe! Thank you!
This was AMAZING… I actually said “I never knew kale could taste like dessert!” I’m not a big kale fan, but we are already planning to have this weekly if not daily. Thank you for creating my go-to kale recipe!
YAY!! What an awesome quote – I love it! It’s so exciting to find veggie recipes we truly love and I’m thrilled this easy one is that for you. Thank you! 💛
This one is on regular repeat since I first saw it. Soooo good! I add chicken to it for the perfect lunch!
Hooray! I’m so glad you dove into and loved this one. Thank you!
I made this recipe today and it was delicious! Have you calculated the nutritional content of this salad? Thank you!
I’m so happy this one was a tasty win! I don’t have the nutritional content calculated, but thank you for letting me know that would be helpful info to add to my recipes.
This one recipe has me hooked! Next to Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice, this is my favorite dish/meal. After just a few days, I am a “Whole Food for 7” fan. Thank you so much!
Aw, I love that you are a fan already! So happy this one was an easy veggie win, thank you!