This vegan lemony brussels and kale chiffonade salad is a big bowl of flavorful crispy greens for your holiday table, brunch, weekday lunch or dinner salad.
recipe originally published November 12, 2017
Perfect Holiday Side Dish
While I am sharing this now as an option for some greens on your holiday table, I eat salads similar to this all the time. All year long. I'd say ninety percent of my kale salads are chiffonade style - the way I have been making my kale salads for years.
In addition to the classic massage of the kale salad, a chiffonade is my favorite way to soften the notoriously tough kale leaf. A kale chiffonade is an easy salad to eat. But the notoriously tough kale leaf? Is what makes this the perfect holiday side dish! You can make it ahead, and it stays hearty and does not wilt. Looking for that last minute addition to your menu? This is that quick and easy salad recipe you are looking for!
The ribbons make great vehicles for super flavorful dressings, yes?
Best Kale Salad
After spending the holiday morning snacking on appetizers while cooking with my mom, I am always wanting some fresh greens. My mom and I may be the only ones who even eat the salad, but that's okay.
More fresh greens to go with the leftovers, right?
I rarely follow a recipe for a salad - my favorite thing to do is grab a big bowl and a whisk, and open the fridge to hunt for dressing ingredients. Usually some sort of hummus - tahini - lemon - maple - vinegar kind of concoction to add some greens and things to.
Our holiday salads are always something along that blueprint. I just gather...
Quick and Easy Salad Recipe
This year, this Lemony Brussels and Kale Chiffonade Salad will be our holiday salad! It was a fresh favorite at a recent brunch, and I have been enjoying it for weekday salads recently.
Super quick and easy to assemble, this salad gets great layers of flavor from the Lemon Cider Maple Vinaigrette. Bright and vibrant and brilliantly colorful.
Pair this salad with a Hearty Roasted Mushroom Bisque and a crusty bread for a deliciously warming winter dinner. Serve alongside brunch favorites, or pile high for an Elaine style Big Salad lunch.
This salad basically plays nice in any setting.
more kale salad recipes
- Kale Salad with Warm “Bacon” Dressing
- Grapefruit Kale Chiffonade Salad
- Lemon Avocado Massaged Kale Salad
- Tahini Kale Chiffonade and Stuffed Waffles
Lemony Brussels and Kale Chiffonade Salad
Lemony Brussels and Kale Chiffonade Salad - a big bowl of flavorful crispy greens for your holiday table, brunch, weekday lunch or dinner salad.
- juice of 1 fresh lemon (2+ tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ pound Brussels sprouts (2+ cups), washed
- 1 large bunch kale, washed
- ⅓ - ½ cup raw cashews / cashew pieces
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- In large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, zest, mustard, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and salt. Set aside.
- Cut stems and rough outer leaves from Brussels sprouts. Chop Brussels sprouts small. Add to bowl with Lemon Cider Maple Vinaigrette.
- Slice stems / ribs from kale leaves. Stack several half leaves together, roll tightly. Slice into thin ribbons (chiffonade). Continue to chiffonade remaining kale, add to vinaigrette bowl.
- Toss kale and Brussels with vinaigrette to thoroughly coat. Transfer to serving bowl and top with cashews and cranberries.
- Store covered in refrigerator for three days.
- Serve with Hearty Roasted Mushroom Bisque for a warming winter dinner.
dairy, egg, soy, oil, and gluten free, vegan
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g
nutrition calculations results vary by calculator, are for informational purposes only, and are not intended to replace medical advice or treatment.
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I'm planning on making this for Thanksgiving. Do you suggest making it in advance? The last part of the directions say to leave it covered for 3 days. Just wondering if that is how long it will last or how long you should let it sit?
Kristina Sloggett says
for "sturdier" salads like this, I usually say three days is the absolute MAX it will keep. you can definitely make this the day before - I always do, and having it sit overnight helps soften the hearty kale. so yes, I'd suggest you make it tomorrow. enjoy, Kathy, happy holidays!
Sharon @ What the Fork says
I'm loving how unique and tasty this salad looks! I want to dig right in!
Linda from Veganosity says
Chiffonade.....Chiffonade....Chiffonade...I love saying the word. It sounds so fancy. 🙂 This is one of my favorite ways to eat salad too. It's like a chopped salad in that all of the ingredients get a spot in every fork full. Love this salad!
I love full bodied salads like this that have veggies, fruit and nuts. The textures in this are wonderful I bet!
I love a salad that will hold for a few days in the refrigerator. It makes it perfect to take for lunches!
Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite says
I'm a huge lover of thinly shredded brussels! I love them crispy roasted most but the lemony dressing here sounds like a very close second!