Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

 Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

A lot of fancy cooking and baking is going on this week in preparation for Christmas and New Year’s Day, and I love and wait for all the special dishes that are on the menu in the next few days.  But somewhere along the way, when you think to yourself “oh gosh, another rich dish” it’s nice to have a recipe that is festive and delicious and  healthy too.  I recently found this salad recipe on PROUD ITALIAN COOK and probably wouldn’t have given it a second look if my friend, Marie, hadn’t recommended it so highly.  We like kale and brussel sprouts but the thought of eating them raw didn’t do anything for me at all.  The salad definitely looked  festive and appetizing and if Marie recommended it…well, it had to be good.

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

Marie said she could eat this salad every day and I”m following right in her footsteps.  I’m spending Christmas this year in Chicago with my daughter and family and we made this Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad the day after I arrived.  It was so good we are making it again to include in tomorrow’s Christmas dinner.   It’s just plain addictive.  The first time we followed the recipe and used almonds and Parmesan cheese and this time we are going to add feta cheese and roasted hazelnuts…just to change it up a bit.

Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad

This is a short post because I need to be in the kitchen…it’s Christmas Eve after all… but I wanted to share this recipe because it is so good and is a great change of pace from all the rich food we  will consume in the next few days. It’s delicious the second day too so don’t worry about making too much.



My daughter has a Pampered Chef Party right after Thanksgiving every year and this year I bought their new little salad dressing shaker for vinaigrettes.   It went right to the top of my favorite kitchen gadget list because it does it all…ingredients are added to the jar and the whisk plunger emulsifies everything in a few seconds.  The dressing can be stored in the jar…it has a handy, dripless pour spout…and whisked for a second before use to blend all the ingredients.  The lid can be turned to move the pour area to the side and store the dressing.  Quick, easy and mess-less.



Kale Salad
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale, chopped with stems removed
  • ½ pound brussel sprouts, sliced thin or shredded in a food processor
  • ¼ cup carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 large celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup Marcona almonds
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  1. Place chopped kale, shredded brussel sprouts, carrots, celery, dried cranberries and almonds into a large bowl. Sprinkle with almonds and grated cheese.
  2. Whisk olive oil, lemon, garlic, red pepper and Dijon mustard together in a small separate bowl, then toss with the kale and sprout mixture, adding more cheese and olive oil if needed. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.


  1. says

    I will try that salad after the New Year. It looks perfect…roasted hazelnuts…where can I find those? (Thank you)

    Cathy, we have had that Pampered Chef salad dressing mixer since 2000. It has a worn look, but we still love it. A very handy tool and it cleans up so spiffy in the dishwasher. Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy the precious time together. Hugs to you from Dale and me.
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  2. says

    I have just added this recipe to my list of things to make over the holidays. Loving the Pampered Chef gadget as well. Why didn’t I see that at my last party.

  3. Jeannie Tay says

    Hi Cathy, just dropping by to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year ahead…I am sure you are busy cooking up a storm for your family and enjoying your time with them, glad to see some healthy food for the season!:D

  4. says

    Next year, THIS is what I will be taking to the vegetarian in laws home, for sure!
    Strange combination but if both you AND Marie say its good, I’ll believe you.

    I hope you’re having a WONDERFUL Christmas Holiday in Chicago with your family, Cathy!
    Stay warm!!

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  5. says

    Your salad looks delicious! And after all the eating I’ve been doing over Christmas, I NEED to find some good salad recipes to lighten things up a little! Love the addition of the brussel sprouts here, that sounds really good!
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  6. says

    Cathy — this looks devine. I saw a similar recipe on Farmhouse Rules on
    food and was so excited about the combo of flavors. I also saw a similar recipe on Epicurious — anyway, my hybrid, low-carb version will make an appearance on my blog soon 😉

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