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Kale and Broccoli Salad with Sweet and Sour Dressing

This tasty Kale and Broccoli Salad is made with healthy kale, broccoli, dried cranberries, and walnuts and is topped with a delicious sweet and sour dressing. It’s the perfect green salad that is full of amazing flavor.

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Salads are my jam! Well, bright and colorful salads are. I’ve shared a few colorful pasta salads here before, like this cold seafood salad, and this Hawaiian macaroni salad. I’ve also shared this yummy Thai sweet chilli cucumber salad. But it’s been a while since I’ve shared a salad recipe, so it’s time I shared this kale salad with you all. 

This salad is inspired by the Chick-Fil-A superfood salad. Yep, they sell more than that delicious fried chicken and amazing lemonade. 

This salad is full of my favorite things:

  • Kale – one of my favorite leafy greens. Not only is it healthy, the leafs are strong and hold up well to dressings in a salad. I love to use it a base in many of my salads.
  • Dried Cranberries – both sweet and tart at the same time. I can eat these like they’re candy.
  • Broccoli – Who doesn’t love broccoli?
  • Walnuts – They add a nice crunch to the salad.

This salad is then tossed in a delicious sweet and sour dressing that is easy to whip up. You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now to make this dressing.

How to make Kale and Broccoli Salad?

First, cut your kale and broccoli. For this recipe, I like to use fresh kale that you find in a bunch, rather than the kale in the bag. The kale in the bag is usually roughly chopped and contains the stalks still. I don’t mind the stalks if I’m cooking the kale, but for salads, I’d rather not have them. I then like to chop my kale into bite sized pieces. 

kale broken into pieces

Broccoli should be chopped small as well. Some may prefer to use broccolini but I find it to be more expensive. So broccoli works fine. 

broccoli chopped on cutting board

Then I place my kale, broccoli, dried cranberries, and walnuts in a large bowl and set aside.

broccoli, cranberries, and walnuts in bowl

I then prepare my dressing by whisking together 1 chopped shallot, apple cider vinegar, white sugar, salt, mustard, and celery salt in a large bowl until combined. Then I slowly pour in my vegetable oil while I continue to whisk. 

salad dressing in glass bowl with whisk in it

Like magic, your dressing will thicken and is ready to pour over your salad.

salad dressing being poured into salad bowl

I then toss it all together. This salad is best when refrigerated for at least 2 hours before eating but sometimes I just cannot wait and I sneak a few bites as soon as I’m done making it. 

Additional toss ins: If you’re looked for some added protein, a nice grilled chicken breast or leftover rotisserie chicken would be great in this salad.

I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do.

Looking for more salad recipes? Try these out:

Carrot Raisin Salad  

Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Shrimp and Bacon Spinach Salad Recipe

Cranberry Pecan Apple Salad Recipe

or top this salad with my Homemade Air Fryer Croutons. 

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Kale and Broccoli Salad with Sweet and Sour Dressing

This kale and broccoli salad is full of delicious and healthy ingredients and tossed in a yummy sweet and sour dressing. 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword kale and broccoli salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
rest time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 527kcal
Author Tanya


  • 4 cups kale chopped
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped

Sweet and Sour Dressing

  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


  • Combine kale, broccoli, dried cranberries, and walnuts in a large bowl. Set aside. 

Prepare Sweet and Sour Dressing

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together shallot, white sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, dry mustard, and celery salt until combined. Slowly pour in vegetable oil while whisking until mixture thickens. 
  • Pour salad dressing over kale mixture and toss, making sure the salad is fully covered. 
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours for best flavor. 


Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 778mg | Potassium: 721mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 7120IU | Vitamin C: 142.1mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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Tuesday 8th of September 2020

I was looking for a side dish with some healthy veggies in it and found this. I wasn’t too sure we would like it, as neither hubby nor I are fond of raw broccoli and we don’t have much experience with kale. But I made it with Dino kale, and subbed in pecans for the walnuts. It was delicious!! The texture of the broccoli was fine when chopped pretty small and marinated in the dressing. What a great side, would be perfect with so many dishes. I will definitely be making this regularly. I might reduce the sugar a little, and I can imagine adding a little feta too. But great just as written!

Curtis W. Mears

Friday 26th of April 2019

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