This simple kale crunch salad is made with leafy kale, crunchy cabbage, sliced almonds, and a simple homemade vinaigrette. This simple side dish only takes a few minutes to make!

kale crunch salad
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This kale crunch salad recipe is based on the salad from Chick-Fil-A. This copycat recipe is a simple combination of greens, almonds, and a maple vinaigrette, but it’s a satisfying side dish! It’s a perfect balance of savory and sweet flavors, with a satisfying crunch from the almond and cabbage. It’s also packed with nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K and fiber. While this recipe is simple, there are plenty of variations so you can create your favorite salad!

I also love this recipe because you can make it in advance. Since kale and cabbage are hearty, you don’t have to worry about them wilting right after you add the dressing. This makes a great recipe for a packed lunch or a potluck!

kale crunch salad ingredients

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Kale– I prefer curly kale for this recipe but you can use flat leaf dinosaur kale (also called Tuscan kale) if you prefer.
  • Cabbage– I used green cabbage but you could substitute with red cabbage if you like.
  • Almonds– I used sliced almonds but you can use slivered almonds. Another option is to roughly chop whole almonds.
  • Olive oil– This creates a satisfying base for the dressing.
  • Apple cider vinegar– Thiss adds a tangy, slightly sour flavor.
  • Maple syrup– This adds sweetness to balance out the vinegar.
  • Dijon mustard– This adds a slightly sharp, tangy flavor.
  • Salt & pepper– Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.

Variations and Additions

If you want to add even more flavor to this salad, here are a few additions you could make:

  • Romaine lettuce– If you’re not a fan of kale, try this with chopped romaine instead.
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds– These add a salty, savory crunch to the salad. This also makes a great substitute for almonds if you want a nut-free option.
  • Chickpeas– You can use chickpeas straight from the can or roast them first before adding them to your salad. This is a great way to turn into into more of a main dish!
  • Apples– Chopped apples make a great addition to this salad! Try a sweet red apple like Honeycrisp or add a diced Granny Smith for a tart flavor.
  • Parmesan– For a savory, salty addition, try adding freshly shredded Parmesan cheese on top.

How to Make a Kale Crunch Salad