Chick-fil-A Kale Salad Copycat: Easy and Healthy Recipe

Crave the deliciousness of Chick-fil-A’s Kale Crunch Salad without leaving home? This easy copycat recipe lets you enjoy your favorite kale salad anytime. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a replica of this popular side dish that’s both healthy and flavorful.

Salad in a bowl from the side.

This kale salad is packed with nutrient-rich kale, cabbage, and roasted almonds and tossed in a tangy apple cider and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal, a light and refreshing summer salad, or a hearty and healthy winter dish.

Plus, this copycat recipe is easy to make and customize. Would you prefer a sweeter dressing? Add a bit more maple syrup. Want heat? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper. No matter how you make it, this kale salad will surely be a hit with everyone at the table.

Kale Crunch Salad: My Go-To in a Pinch

I love Chick-fil-A’s Kale Crunch Salad but don’t always have time to go to the restaurant. That’s why I created this copycat recipe. It’s just as delicious as the original and so easy to make at home.

I’m not usually a fan of chicken restaurants, but I made an exception for Chick-fil-A one day because my family was hungry and wanted Chick-fil-A. I was so surprised at how much I loved the Kale Crunch Salad! The kale and sweet and tangy mustard dressing are a perfect combination. I even ordered a second one to go for later.

This copycat recipe has become a weeknight staple in my home. It’s so quick and easy to make, and my whole family loves it. Sometimes, we also make the Chick Fil A Mac and Cheese copycat recipe. It is affectionately referred to as our copycat dinner night.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Flavor: Combining kale, cabbage, roasted almonds, apple cider, and Dijon mustard vinaigrette creates a complex and flavorful salad.
  • Nutritional value: Kale is a nutrient-rich leafy green vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The other ingredients in the salad are nutritious, making this a healthy and satisfying side dish option.
  • Convenience: This salad is easy to make at home with simple ingredients. It’s the perfect weeknight meal or side dish for a crowd.

Ingredients

  • Kale: I recommend using curly kale for this recipe, which is the kale Chick-fil-A uses in its Kale Crunch Salad.
  • Shredded green cabbage: You can use red, green, or purple cabbage in this recipe, but green cabbage is the traditional cabbage used in Chick-fil-A’s Kale Crunch Salad.
  • Almonds: Use your favorite style of almonds, such as raw, blanched, or roasted. Roasted almonds will give your salad a more nutty flavor.
  • Sea salt: Sprinkle sea salt on top of your salad to taste, just like Chick-fil-A does.
  • For a spicy twist, try topping your salad with Chili Lime Pepitas!

Dijon Mustard Vinegatte Dressing

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Balance the flavors and give the dressing a tangy flavor.
  • Olive Oil – Provides a smooth texture and rich flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard: Provides a tangy flavor and helps emulsify the ingredients.
  • Honey: Adds sweetness to balance the acid from the apple cider vinegar.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice adds a perk to the overall flavors.

Want to mix up the dressing? – Try this easy maple dijon dressing from Green Heart Love. I can’t get enough of the delicious flavor, and It pairs perfectly!

Salad in a large bowl with almond slices.

Instructions

Step One: Kale

Wash and dry the kale. Remove the tough center ribs with your hands or a knife, and tear or cut the leaves into small pieces. To soften the texture, massage the kale in a medium bowl with about a teaspoon of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Step Two: Combine

  • To make the dressing: Combine the apple cider vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a mason jar or small bowl. Shake or whisk until well combined.
  • To assemble the salad: In a large bowl, toss the kale, cabbage, and dressing. Sprinkle with roasted almonds and additional salt and pepper to taste.
Salad in a bowl from the side.

Flavorful Additions

One of the best things about making this salad at home is that you can customize it to your liking. Here are a few suggestions for flavorful additions:

Avocado (1/2 medium)Sliced for a creamy texture.
Dried fruit (1/4 cup)Add your favorite dried fruit, such as cranberries, raisins, or apricots, for a sweet and tart kick.
Feta or Parmesan cheese (1/4 cup)Crumbled feta or Parmesan cheese will add a salty and savory flavor.
Chickpeas (1/2 cup) Cooked chickpeas for a protein-packed addition

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store the salad?

The salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. However, it is best to enjoy it within 2 days for the freshest flavor and texture.

Can I make the salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the salad ahead of time. Massage the kale and cabbage with the dressing, and then store the salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you are ready to eat, add the roasted almonds and enjoy.

What are some substitutions I can make?

If you don’t have roasted almonds, you can substitute another type of nut, such as walnuts or pecans. You can also omit the almonds altogether.

What are some other ways to serve the salad?

The salad can be served as a side dish, main course, or snack. It can also be topped with grilled chicken, tofu, or fish.

Salad in a large bowl with almond slices.

Chick-fil-A Copycat Recipe Kale Crunch Salad

This copycat Chick-fil-A Kale Crunch Salad is a delicious and nutritious salad made with kale, cabbage, roasted almonds, and a tangy Dijon mustard vinaigrette dressing. It's the perfect healthy and delicious side dish for lunch, dinner, or any meal.
5 from 27 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • cutting board

Ingredients

Dijon Mustard Vinegrette Dressing

  • ¼ cup (10g) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon (15) dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons (30) apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (42g) honey Vegans swap with blue agave or maple syrup at a 1:1 ratio.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Salad

  • 4 cups (268g) curly kale chopped
  • 1 cup (89g) green cabbage shredded
  • ¼ cup (36g) roasted almonds

Instructions

  • Step One: Kale – Optional
    Wash and dry the kale with paper towels. Remove the rib with your hands or a knife, and cut into bite-sized pieces. Place the bite-sized pieces in a medium-sized bowl. Toss with about a teaspoon of olive oil and a small squeeze of lemon. Massage the kale with your hands for 2-3 minutes.
  • Step Two: Dijon Mustard Vinegrette Dressing –
    Using a mason jar or a small bowl, mix the apple cider vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Step Two: Combine Ingredients –
    In a large mixing bowl, combine the kale and shredded green cabbage. Top with Dijon Mustard Vinegrette Dressing. Sprinkle the roasted almond on top. Add salt and black pepper to taste.

Notes

Extra Dressing
  • Store any extra dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Serving
  • Serve the salad in a large salad bowl or individual plates.
  • This recipe serves 4-6 people as a side dish or 2-3 people as a main course.
Vegan Modification
  • To make the dressing vegan, substitute blue agave or maple syrup for honey at a 1:1 ratio.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chick-fil-A Copycat Recipe Kale Crunch Salad
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
388
Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
26
g
40
%
Sodium
 
326
mg
14
%
Carbohydrates
 
34
g
11
%
Fiber
 
15
g
63
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Protein
 
12
g
24
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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