Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Salad has it ALL going on!!
Healthy and delicious! Dig in, you’re going to love this colorful salad!
Mix up a big bowl of this Copycat Dole Sunflower Crunch 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, for 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 Sunflower Crunch Salad is available near the end of this post.
Why this recipe works:
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;
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- Green Cabbage
- Red Cabbage
- Fresh Kale
- Bacon Bits
- Salt and Pepper
- Apple Cider or Apple Juice
- Minced Garlic
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dried Cranberries
- Sunflower Seeds
For another healthy and delicious kale salad, I think you’ll really enjoy this Kale Berry Salad.
What if I wanted a vegetarian salad? Can I leave the bacon out?
By all means…YES!!! It’s your salad, your call!
Why is this the perfect BBQ side dish idea?
- Because everyone loves it!
- Healthy options are always popular!
- It’s fresh and colorful!
- It’s crunchy!
- It pairs well will all types of food!!
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.
Additional healthy and delicious salad recipes you don’t want to miss:
- Rubbed Kale Salad with Fresh Berries
- Best Ever Chef’s Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
- Berry Delicious Chicken Avocado Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Autumn Harvest Chopped Fruit and Vegetable Salad
- Heart Healthy Avocado Mango Salad with Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
- Antioxidant-Rich Blood Orange and Blueberry Salad
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What is the serving size of this salad?
1 cup = 1 serving
Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Copycat Sunflower Crunch Salad.
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- 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
- 1½ tablespoon cider vinegar
In a large bowl, stir together the green and purple cabbage along with the prepared carrots and kale.
Add the salt, pepper, bacon bits, garlic, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries. Stir well to combine. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, apple cider, cider vinegar, and sugar until smooth.
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.
Serve chilled with additional dried cranberries and sunflower seeds to the top, if desired.
Serving size = 1 cup
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Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!
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