This Chick-fil-A superfood salad copycat recipe is almost identical to Chick’s version, is crazy delicious, and is loaded with healthy ingredients!
I was sad when Chick-fil-A replaced their slaw with a superfood salad~until I tasted the salad. It is really, REALLY yummy! The photo below is of the salad at my last trip to Chick. (And yes, I had fries with that. #agirlhastolivelife #noshame):-)
Description (per Chick-fil-A): Chopped Broccolini® and kale blend, tossed in a sweet and tangy maple vinaigrette dressing and topped with flavorful dried sour cherries. Served with our roasted nut blend.
Nutritional info: 140 calories, 7 g fat, 2 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 16 g carbs, and 3 g protein, 80% vitamin C, and 45% vitamin A.
How does it taste? For me, it was love at first bite. The salad is ligthly coated in the dressing which gives the greens a slightly wilted & soft texture. The nuts add a salty crunch and the cherries a sweet tang. It is a perfect blend of flavors and textures~sweet, salty, tangy, soft & crunchy.
This was so yummy that I decided to try and create a copycat version. I actually ate the salad at Chick one day and immediately went out and bought ingredients to make my own. I made it that same night and was SO pleased at the results! My family raved about it too, so this will be a regular on our family table:-)
Here’s the breakdown with a few photos. You can tweak this to your family’s tastes and use your favorite nuts and dried fruits. The dressing is the kicker and is what makes it so fabulous and pulls all the ingredients together.
Superfood Salad Copycat Recipe Breakdown
- Broccoli: I use broccoli instead of broccolini.Broccoli is far less expensive and tastes basically the same once the salad has been tossed in the dressing and allowed to sit for awhile (refrigerated). Broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese kale and can be hard to find and more expensive. Since I’ll be making large batches of this superfood salad, broccoli is what I’ll use.
- Kale: Bagged kale is everywhere, so this is an easy ingredient to find. I buy whichever brand is the most finely chopped, as I hate huge, stalky leaves.
- Nuts: I use my favorite nut blend from Trader Joe’s, the T.J.’s Cranberry, Almond & Cashew Trail Mix. This blend is a bit different from Chick’s but tastes great and is our favorite.
- Cherries: I added a few cherries but really prefer the cranberries (they aren’t as sweet as cherries). Since my nuts contain cranberries, I’ll skip the cherries next time.
- Maple Vinaigrette- This is a basic maple vinagrette recipe that is easy and delicious. As with any dressing, better ingredients yield a better result, so I use good quality maple syrup, Dijon, and EVOO.
If you make this, I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you have any of your own tweaks to share, please pass them along in the comments! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!
- 1 (12-oz) pkg broccoli florettes
- 2½ cups chopped kale
- ½ cup nut blend (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc..)
- ⅓ cup craisins or dried cherries
- MAPLE VINAIGRETTE:
- 6 TB extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 TB apple cider vinegar
- 2 TB pure maple syrup
- 4½ TB Dijon mustard
- coarse pepper & kosher salt to taste
- Remove thick ends from broccoli; dice into small pieces.
- Chop kale into small pieces, removing thick stems.
- Toss all salad ingrdients into bowl.
- Pour maple vinaigrette over; toss well to coat.
- Keep refrigerated for up to two days.
- MAPLE VINAIGRETTE:
- Add all ingredients to small jar.
- Shake well until completely blended.
- Pour over dressing.