Kale Salad

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This Kale Salad is loaded with great ingredients — broccoli slaw, kale, brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and pepitas. The incredible lemon poppyseed dressing is made with LACTAID® milk and whips together in just a few minutes. This kale salad is nutritious and crunchy with sweet pops of flavor from the dried cranberries and citrus-y dressing. Top each salad with some veggies and bread crusts to create a fun Sesame Street character!

 

Overhead image of the Kale Salad in a bowl

Kale Salad: Sesame Street Style!

Early last month I shared this fun Ernie-inspired peach smoothie bowl as part of my partnership with LACTAID® this year. And today I’m excited to bring you another fun sesame street character — Oscar the Grouch meets kale salad! 

Since my husband is lactose-intolerant, we always have plenty of LACTAID® on hand and it’s nice to have on hand when whipping together the creamy poppyseed dressing that this salad is tossed in.

This salad has been one of our favorites of late. It’s hearty with lots of texture and loaded with good-for-you ingredients. It’s also perfect for this time of year — every ingredient screams Fall-time! The brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and kale are all staples in my home this time of year.

Process shots-- images of the dressing being made and blended together

The delicious poppyseed dressing calls for low fat LACTAID® milk. Here’s a quick re-cap about their products:

What is LACTAID®?

  • LACTAID® dairy products provide all the protein, calcium, and vitamins you’d find in real dairy (because they are real dairy!) but without any lactose.
  • LACTAID® is 100% real milk, just without any lactose.
  • From milk, to ice cream, to cottage cheese, LACTAID® products help satisfy all your dairy cravings without the discomfort 
  • Available at most mass merchandise, drug, and grocery stores.
  • LACTAID® Milk is ultra-pasteurized which allows the real milk to last longer under proper refrigeration and maintain its creamy, delicious taste.
  • And best of all, LACTAID® products taste and perform exactly the same as regular dairy foods!

Process shots-- images of the Brussel sprouts, kale, and broccoli slaw, cranberries, and pipits being added to a bowl and being mixed together and dressing being poured over it

What are pepitas?

Roasted and crunchy pepitas (pumpkin seeds) make for the best addition in this kale salad. They add a sweet and nutty flavor, similar to sunflower seeds, but a bit sweeter. Overall they add a wonderful texture and great crunch to this salad. You can make your own roasted pepitas or buy some at the store. If you opt to buy them, make sure they’re roasted and salted (not raw). You can generally find them in the bulk section of a grocery store, or with other salad toppings like candied nuts, dried cranberries, etc.

What is broccoli slaw?

Broccoli slaw is a ready to eat blend of shredded broccoli, shredded carrots, and shredded red cabbage. It’s typically sold near other packaged lettuce or pre-prepared salads. If you aren’t able to find broccoli slaw at the store, I’d recommend cutting the broccoli florets from the stems. Next, thinly slice the broccoli florets with a knife and then use a large grater to grate the broccoli stems.

 

Up close overhead image of the kale salad in a bowl ready to be served

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Kale Salad

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This Kale Salad is loaded with great ingredients -- broccoli slaw, kale, brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and pepitas. The incredible lemon poppyseed dressing is made with LACTAID® milk and whips together in just a few minutes. This kale salad is nutritious and crunchy with sweet pops of flavor from the dried cranberries and citrusy dressing. Top each salad with some veggies and bread crusts to create a fun Sesame Street character!
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Kale Salad

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This Kale Salad is loaded with great ingredients -- broccoli slaw, kale, brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and pepitas. The incredible lemon poppyseed dressing is made with LACTAID® milk and whips together in just a few minutes. This kale salad is nutritious and crunchy with sweet pops of flavor from the dried cranberries and citrusy dressing. Top each salad with some veggies and bread crusts to create a fun Sesame Street character!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword costco kale salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings, as a side
Calories 181kcal
Cost $5.52

Ingredients

  • 4 cups finely chopped kale
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • 2 cups thinly sliced (shredded) brussels sprouts
  • 3/4 cup (102g) dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1/2 cup (73g) roasted and salted pepitas

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup LACTAID 1% Low-fat Milk
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat mayo
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon poppyseeds
  • TOPPINGS: wheat bread for the eyebrows, lactose free cheese and halved olives for the eyes, lactose free cheese for the mouth

Instructions

  • DRESSING: Combine all of the ingredients, except the poppy seeds, in a small blender jar and process until combined. (Season to taste with salt and pepper, I add 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.) Taste and adjust any flavors to personal preference. (If you'd like a sweeter dressing, add an additional 1-2 tablespoons white sugar.) Stir in the poppy seeds. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve (Dressing stays good for 1 week stored this way).
  • SALAD: Combine the chopped kale, broccoli slaw, thinly sliced Brussels sprouts, and broccoli slaw in a large salad bowl. Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the salad greens. Toss the greens with tongs to coat in the dressing. Sprinkle the cranberries and pepitas over the salad. Lightly toss to combine and then add the rest of the dressing and toss.
  • DECORATE: Cut the crusts off of a hearty slice of wheat bread and arrange as eyebrows. Cut out a circle of lactose-free cheese for eyes and then halve an olive to stick on top. Add lactose free cheese for the mouth. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.5g | Protein: 10.5g | Fat: 11.6g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 88.1mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 3.2g

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