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Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad

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Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!!

Extra colorful coleslaw with red, purple, orange, and greens in a white bowl.
Healthy and delicious! Dig in, you’re going to love this colorful salad!
 

Mix up a big bowl of this Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad, and you’ll have lunch ready for the entire week. Add cooked chicken, and it can also do double duty as dinner.

Whenever you serve this salad; lunch, dinner, or even a party, be ready for people to fill their plates and then come back for more. It’s a winning combination of flavors and textures that will soon become your signature dish!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions and complete ingredient measurements for making Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad is available near the end of this post. 

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The reason I call this a copycat salad is that it mimics my favorite bagged salad which I purchase in the produce section of the market.

However, if I’m totally honest here (and why wouldn’t I be?), my Kudos Kitchen version is even better than that bagged version because I’ve added dried cranberries to the mix, and I’ve also added apple cider (you can use apple juice if needed) to thin the dressing, and for a little touch of extra sweetness. 

 

The ingredient list;

 

Colorful bowl of kale cabbage salad with purple cabbage and carrots in the background.

What if I wanted a vegetarian salad? Can I leave the bacon out?

By all means…YES!!! It’s your salad, your call!

Do I need a food processor to chop the cabbages and carrots?

No, not at all! I didn’t use one. I used a chef’s knife and cutting board.

Slice the cabbages thinly (removing the core), and then crosscut the thin slices into tiny pieces.

Easy, peasy with no extra equipment to wash!

How long will this salad keep in the refrigerator?

Keep it well covered and it will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I substitute other nuts for the sunflower seeds?

Yes, of course!

Try making this with chopped pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, or even chopped macadamia nuts.

Since I’m a nut and seed girl, I’m certain that any (or all) of them would be a tasty addition.

Important serving tip for cabbage kale salad:

This salad tastes best after it’s had a chance to sit in the refrigerator at least 60 minutes before serving so the flavors can blend and marry, so please plan accordingly.

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad. 

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

What is the serving size of this salad?

1 cup = 1 serving

4.7 from 10 votes
Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad - kudoskitchenbyrnee.com @kudoskitchen
Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
chill time
1 hr
Total Time
15 mins
 
Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!! 
Course: healthy salad, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kale cabbage salad, sunflower crunch kale cabbage salad
Servings: 12 cups
Calories: 227 kcal
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée
Ingredients
  • 1 small head green cabbage chopped into a small dice
  • 1 half head purple cabbage chopped into a small dice
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped into a small dice
  • 2 cups kale ribs removed and chopped into a small dice
  • ½ cup bacon bits
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • tablespoon cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the green and purple cabbage along with the prepared carrots and kale.

  2. Add the salt, pepper, bacon bits, garlic, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries. Stir well to combine. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider, cider vinegar, and sugar until smooth.

  4. Pour the cider and mayonnaise dressing over the cabbage mixture and stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least 60 minutes for the flavors to marry.

  5. Serve chilled with additional dried cranberries and sunflower seeds to the top, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Serving size = 1 cup

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 644mg 27%
Potassium 279mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 57.7%
Vitamin C 44%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!! - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

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27 Comments


  1. Such great instructions and tips, who needs the bag? Thanks so much for this!


  2. SO fabulous! I could eat this every single day…the perfect salad!

  3. So healthy, so delicious! Love all that crunch.


  4. I love how easy this is to make!

  5. Wilhelmina Wessel


    I love all the delicious crunch! Totally addictive!

  6. Meagen Brosius


    I love how easy this is but it has so many awesome flavors and textures! Perfect for all my upcoming parties and events!

  7. Hey Renee, this sounds amazing! What is the portion per serving? I’m on Weight Watchers so I’d like to calculate the points.

  8. Diane Moody

    Thanks, Renee! Can’t wait to try it!

    • You’re welcome, Diane! Unfortunately, I can’t limit myself to only a half cup! If I don’t stop myself, I’d eat the entire bowl! LOL
      Enjoy!

  9. Does it keep for 5 days with the dressing mixed in, or do I keep it dry until ready to eat?

    • Great question, Jennifer. Keep it dry until ready to eat. The day you’re going to serve, add the dressing and chill for about 3-4 hours.

  10. What is the serving size for this recipe? The nutrition facts says 1g, which must be a typo.
    Thank you

    • Hi, Anne!
      Sorry about that. I’ve gone ahead and adjusted the post, recipe card, and the serving size for being 1 cup of salad.
      Thank you for bringing that to my attention.
      I hope you love this salad as much as I do!
      Take care,
      Renee


  11. What a delicious side dish! It’s sure to be a favorite!


  12. I loved it! So flavorful!

  13. I’m not a fan of kale, would spinach hold up in this salad? Everything else sounds awesome.

    • Hi, Vicki!
      Great question, but I’m not 100% sure. My guess would be no because I think it would get too soggy.
      If you’re not a fan of kale, why not leave it out?
      Or, how about if you finely chop some broccoli (florets, and stems, if you’re so inclined), and add those to the salad?
      I think that would be a terrific addition and one that would hold up well to all the other ingredients.
      Just a thought.
      I’m anxious to know what you decide to do. Let me know. I’d love to hear.
      Hope this helps.
      Take care,
      Renee

  14. What kind of mayo do you use in this recipe? Looks delicious.

    • I use Hellmann’s. If you decide to use something like a MiracleWhip, I suggest cutting back on the amount of sugar called for in the recipe.
      Besides that, any mayo you use should be fine.
      Enjoy the salad, Rhonda!

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