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Sweet Kale Salad

This Sweet Kale Salad served with a Citrus Vinaigrette is so light and refreshing. It is easy to make and comes together in just 20 minutes. The perfect anytime side dish!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 bunch of curly kale (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup purple cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds


  • ½ large lemon juiced
  • ½ large orange juiced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • First prepare your ingredients. Cut all your veggies (kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts) into thin strip like you would chiffonade fresh basil.
  • Place the kale into a large bowl and massage for 2-3 minutes. This will help to tenderize the kale and aide in digestion.
  • To your bowl add the other ingredients: cabbage, brussels sprouts, pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Mix well to incorporate everything together and set aside.
  • Into a separate small bowl add the orange juice, lemon juice, maple syrup, dijon mustard, garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk together well.
  • Next, while continuously whisking add your olive oil and mix well to emulsify your dressing. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
  • Pour about half of the dressing over your greens and incorporate together. Your salad will be lightly dressed. If you want a more heavily dressed salad you can add it once plated or add the extra dressing to the bowl now.
  • Enjoy!


  • Massaging the kale will not only result in a more tender tastier green but aide in digestion as well. I highly recommend taking the time for this step! 


Calories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 5gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 64mgPotassium: 382mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 1899IUVitamin C: 71mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 2mg
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