Oh I love how EASY this Whole30 Kale Salad is! 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. 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!
What I Love About This Whole30 Kale Salad
My Whole30 Kale Salad is allergen-friendly! It is Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free. Additionally, I love that this includes an easy dressing that is egg-free and doesn’t require an immersion blender.
The prep is easy, simply combine the salad ingredients in a bowl. Then, blend the dressing ingredients in a blender. Finally, toss it all together for a salad that tastes restaurant-good without a lot of work. The simple prep keeps it realistic to get this veggie-focused side on the table, even on a busy night! Also, this Whole30 Kale Salad is also a fantastic budget-friendly side (see cost per serving breakdown below!).
A Budget-Friendly Side
Due to the fresh ingredients in a salad, sometimes they can get pricey to make. I’m thrilled to share that for just about $6*, you can make this filling, nourishing salad. What an awesome budget-friendly way to get your veggies in! See the image below for a price breakdown. *Prices in this cost-per-serving breakdown is based on prices from my local Walmart. I can’t tell you how much this will cost in YOUR area, but hope it helps you become more aware and budget-minded!
- Kale – Basic curly-leafed kale I find at my local Winco or Walmart
- Broccoli slaw – Packaged shredded broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage. I find this easily in the produce section of most grocery stores, by the bagged salads. If you can’t find it, you can leave it out (it just adds texture and nutrient variety) or shred an equal amount of broccoli stem and carrots as a homemade swap.
- Salted (shelled) sunflower seeds – I get these most affordably from the bins at Winco, but many nut aisles also have a packaged version.
- Raisins – Any basic raisin will do. If you are on a Whole30, double check there is no sugar added, but most raisins are just dried grapes without added sweeteners. The store-bought kale salad kits use dried cranberries, but compatible cranberries without sugar can be hard to find. You can use unsweetened dried cranberries instead, if you can find some.
This dressing will make more dressing than you will need for this salad. Use the extra to make another kale salad in a week or two, or it’s also a great sweet salad dressing for any lunch or breakfast salad.
- Dates – I get pitted dates from the bulk bins at Winco or fresh dates in bulk affordably at Sam’s Club.
- Apple – Any sweet apple will do! We usually use fuji. I wouldn’t recommend the more tart apples for this recipe, however (like granny smith or golden delicious).
- Light-tasting Olive Oil – The main ingredient in this dressing is the oil. If you use regular olive oil, the dressing will taste like olives. I didn’t enjoy that flavor. So, I use extra light-tasting olive oil, which I find easily at Walmart or Sam’s Club. Yes, you can use avocado oil if you prefer!
- Apple Juice Concentrate – This is found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. It’s a small can of concentrated juice that you add water to to reconstitute to use for juice. This makes it sweeter than just apple juice and is perfect for making this dressing sweet but not too thin. Here is the affordable one I get from Walmart. Can’t find apple juice concentrate? You can use 1/2 cup apple juice instead. The dressing will be a little thinner and less sweet, but still enjoyable.
- Vinegar – Just basic white distilled vinegar works great, though you can also substitute Apple Cider Vinegar instead.
- Dijon mustard – I usually just use the store brand of Dijon mustard. If you are on a Whole30, most mustards are compatible. Just be sure to double-check the ingredients!
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).