Sometimes new recipes happen out of necessity.
Like when Wal-Mart is out of one of the two main ingredients for a recipe you NEED to make NOW.
But, hey, thanks Wallyworld for helping me create this delicious Kale Broccoli Slaw Salad!
I had the intention of making a salad with fresh brussels sprouts for our Christmas dinner at my in-laws. But to my surprise, my grocery store was out.
You might be thinking, what about frozen brussels sprouts? Well, unfortunately they don’t work so well in a raw salad.
So I had to think fast. I decided to reach for a bag of trusty broccoli slaw, one of my favorite types of salad bases. Curious what broccoli slaw looks like? You will find it hiding in your produce department next to the bags of prepackaged salad and coleslaw mixes.
This gluten free salad exceeded all of my expectations. The textures stay crisp and flavors delicious even after days in the fridge.
You will love the tangy dressing! Using fresh onion and lemon juice add a certain “zing” to this recipe. I added honey too as I like a touch of sweetness somewhere in my salads.
Don’t forget to top this Kale Broccoli Slaw Salad off with the freshly grated Parmesan.
If you are dairy free, omit the Parmesan altogether or find a plant based version. 🙂
I debated about adding in some dried cranberries for color and contrasting flavor. If you decided to do that, be sure to let me know how it turns out in the comments.
Oh, and don’t forget to save this recipe on Pinterest, because you are definitely going to want to make it this summer when the hot weather returns!
One last bit of advice, chop the kale into small bite-sized pieces, as I think the salad tastes better that way.
When the pieces are too big, the ratio of broccoli, pecans and bacon is off. And that my friends is a tragedy in my book.
Dramatic much? 😉
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Have you ever had a time where you were in a pinch and needed to improvise with a recipe? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
And now onto this delicious recipe…
Kale Broccoli Slaw Salad
- large bowl
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- a pinch black pepper
- 4 cups, packed kale, thinly sliced/chopped
- 1 12 oz bag broccoli slaw salad mix
- 3-4 slices cooked turkey bacon, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated or dairy free version
- Combine all dressing ingredients in a Magic Bullet or blender and blend until smooth.
- Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- Pour dressing over the top and toss salad until all ingredients are distributed throughout.
- Let favors mingle in fridge until you are ready to serve or eat immediately.