Broccoli Kale Slaw

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Remember when I was straight up obsessed with the Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad and decided to recreate it at home?  I have a new obsession— their Broccoli Kale Slaw.  It’s found a special place in my heart but the only problem is…well, I have some serious issues with it.

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First things first! I don’t like the creamy mayo based dressing it comes with (I haven’t even tried it and I don’t want to. Nope.) And sometimes when I bite into a piece of the chicken in the pre-packaged salad, it doesn’t taste fresh. Have you ever had a old piece of lunch meat? Yeah. That’s the taste I’m talking about. BUZZKILL. I also know it’s not organic chicken and that bugs me. Yeah, I said it.

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But now I’ve made those issues non-issues. I made my own catered-to-me version of this slaw and I think you’ll love too. It’s a colorful salad full of texture, sweetness, tang & crunchy. It’s a salad with substance….one that fills you up and leaves you satisfied. A salad that does a good job keeping my cookie cravings at bay….At least for a little while…

 

And we’re off! Let’s do some ingredient gathering.

You can grab a bag of broccoli slaw in your grocery store (most likely). You can also use an organic rotisserie chicken and shred it up for this salad. If you don’t like chicken, or you want to make it vegan, omit it! It’s totally cool without it.

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The dressing I use is super simple. Just balsamic vinegar & olive oil. This is what I keep on top of my filing cabinet at work. This combo is a lifesaver and it adds such a nice/sweet tang to this salad. It really makes the dried cranberries POP with sweetness.

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Put all of your ingredients in a bowl. We’re gonna save chicken for last.

Chicken tends to soak up the dressing…which is cool but then the greens are left without. Not cool.

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Pour the dressing on top. Mix! It’s really helpful if you get your hands in there and massage the dressing into the kale.

Don’t look at me like I’m crazy. Kale likes massages. Kale thrives on massages. No massage table required.

Happy ending? I know you’re thinking that. Don’t look at me that way.

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Now add your chicken on top and mix it in!

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Serve the salad in large bowls.

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Add a crusty piece of bread with it (I suggest you smear that toast with mashed avocado if you’ve got one).

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And prepare to be obsessed. Trader Joe’s, I GOT YOU!

If you’re super into slaws like me, you’ll love:

Asian Mango Orange Slaw

Asian “Cool Slaw”

 Asian Slaw w/ Wasabi Soy Dressing

Cabbage Apple Slaw with Maple Pecans

Carnival Slaw

Kale Slaw with Red Cabbage & Carrots

Kale Cashew & Mint Slaw

Shredded Rainbow Salad – Shutterbean

Broccoli Kale Slaw

serves 4

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 12 oz. bag broccoli slaw
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/3 cup rotisserie chicken, shredded

In a small jar, mix olive oil with balsamic vinegar. Add salt & pepper to taste, seal jar and shake until dressing is well incorporated.

In a large bowl, toss the broccoli slaw, kale, red onions,dried cranberries, sunflower seeds with entire jar of dressing until well combined. Add shredded chicken, toss and serve immediately.

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  • April 22, 2013

    I love their broccoli slaw and their kale. And cranberries and sunflower seeds and a million other things. But I have that all in my pantry and fridge right now. Oh and balsamic vinegar is always a win. I keep a stash of balasmic reduction in my fridge at all times. Love the stuff. Gorgeous job on this salad!

  • Christina
    April 22, 2013

    I don’t think we have broccoli slaw in the UK, what’s in there? Is it just shredded broccoli stems with carrots and cabbage?

  • April 22, 2013

    Love broccoli slaw and I love kale!! I also love how light and earthy this is. Just what I have been craving!

  • April 22, 2013

    This salad looks like it would be a great make-ahead lunch to get me through the week. So healthy and colourful, love it! I don’t think it would keep your ginger crispy treat cravings at bay, for me, though ;)

  • jenny
    April 22, 2013

    I want to make this RIGHT NOW. do you get your pre-prepared broccoli slaw at TJ’s too, tracy? I’ve never seen it there before, but then again, I haven’t looked for it, either.

  • April 22, 2013

    I just recently got into kale. Made kale chips for the first time a few weeks ago and loved them! This slaw looks yummy! Glad I’m finally on the kale bandwagon! : )

  • April 22, 2013

    I know this seems so silly but I wish you had a ‘Pin it!’ button.. since I pin like every recipe you’ve ever posted. haha

    • jenny
      April 22, 2013

      there’s a share button on the right-hand side above the comments. if you click on it and scroll down, there’s a pinterest option. pin away! :)

      • Tracy
        April 22, 2013

        thanks, jenny!!!

    • April 27, 2013

      Plus, if you follow Tracy on Pinterest, she usually Pins her recipes, which is great.

  • i am obsessed with this salad – chicken or no chicken either way its great. Sometime I even toss in quinoa or wheatberries

  • April 22, 2013

    This sounds sooo good.

  • kathryn
    April 22, 2013

    whoa, i JUST ate this tj’s salad for lunch. sounded awesome, was just okay. i will definitely be making your improved version asap. :D

  • April 22, 2013

    I love kale slaw! It’s delicious. I’ve never had the TJ’s version, but I have made my own before and it’s delicious! This version looks super light and healthy though!

  • Natalie C
    April 22, 2013

    YUM! I must make this ASAP. Maybe I will reconsider cooking spaghetti for dinner and make this instead :)

  • April 22, 2013

    This is beautiful!!!! It makes me want to be healthy :)

  • April 22, 2013

    It’s been so warm out that all I want to eat is salad! This looks awesome! CHOMP!

  • Megan
    April 22, 2013

    This looks amazing! You have the best salad ideas, can’t wait to try this one. Happy Monday!

  • April 22, 2013

    This looks great Tracy! I love sunflower seeds in salads

  • I REALLY want to eat this. That’s all. :)

  • Amanda Barkey
    April 22, 2013

    YUM this looks so good Tracy! another home run! Love when you diy the Trader Joes salads!

    • Tracy
      April 22, 2013

      Yeah, girl!!!

  • Stacey
    April 22, 2013

    HAPPY ENDING?! Great, Tracy. Now I can never look at kale the same again. Guffaw!

    • Tracy
      April 22, 2013

      I’m sorry/I’m not sorry!

      • Stacey
        May 1, 2013

        I came back to shout from the rooftops that I made this for lunch yesterday and have been eating gobs of it ever since! I added green onions in addition to the purple onions, and used some extra dressing to spruce it up today. It keeps surprisingly well! And yes, I massaged the hell out of that kale. You are welcome, kale!

        • Tracy
          May 1, 2013

          Kale is SOOOO dang lucky. Proud of you!

  • Holly
    April 22, 2013

    I can’t believe what a perfect recipe this is. I just harvested all of my kohlrabi from my garden and didn’t know what to do with the greens. I’ll just shred them up and use them instead of the broccoli slaw, use up the leftover chicken in the fridge, and try to make a dent in the kale that’s going crazy in the yard.

    • Tracy
      April 22, 2013

      fantastic!!!! way to use up what you have!

  • April 22, 2013

    You keep balsamic vinegar and olive oil in your office? I keep a small jar of honey and soy sauce in my cabinet. You know, for when lunch needs a little tweak. So awesome to know you have stuff like this at work! Also, this looks like a salad that would give you superpowers. Very healthy and filling!

  • April 22, 2013

    Making this STAT!

  • Another great slaw recipe! Trader Joe’s better watch out!

  • Love this! So simple and so gooood!

  • Erin
    April 23, 2013

    Whoa. This looks killer! I HATE (really, I hate) mayonnaise, so I wouldn’t ever even consider TJ’s slaw. This, on the other hand, looks like the perfect spring and summer dish. Thanks!

  • April 24, 2013

    Lovely recipe! This makes me hungry.

  • April 25, 2013

    ooooooh! i do love a good tj’s salad, love this idea!

  • April 26, 2013

    This looks so good. I can’t wait to make it.

  • Jill L
    April 28, 2013

    I ran out of kale so I used brussels sprouts – yum! I have a giant cabbage as well I could use – hmmm

    • Tracy
      April 28, 2013

      Sounds intriguing!

  • April 30, 2013

    love this idea! we tried it out last night, except used golden raisins and toasted almonds instead of the seeds/cranberries, and paired the whole thing with a sesame/ginger vinaigrette. great salad–thanks for sharing! :)

  • Shannon
    May 14, 2013

    Tracy, this one was a home run! I made it for dinner last night and took the leftovers to work for lunch today. I was sorry to see it go! For the vinaigrette, I used a garlic-infused olive oil, and two white balsamics, half jalapeño and half Sicilian lemon. Sounds crazy but it was bright and flavorful. This one is going in regular rotation — thanks!

    • Tracy
      May 14, 2013

      sounds wonderful! especially the jalapeno!

  • sophie
    June 21, 2013

    just made this but swapped out the chicken for roasted tofu- really, really tasty!!

  • December 27, 2013

    Hey Tracy!
    I’ve been seeing your kale salads for ages now and finally decided to make my own simple kale salads!
    Currently OBSESSED – thanks for making me a changed woman haha!

    http://addalittle.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/massaged-kale-salad/

  • Keiko
    April 10, 2014

    I made this a couple nights ago to take to work for lunches. It is so tasty, fresh, and healthy! It’s the perfect lunch for the summer. It also holds up pretty well. I just ate it for lunch (it was day 3), and it was still very crunchy and flavorful. The kale massage is a must, as are the dried cranberries. So yummy and super easy/quick to make! Thanks Tracy!

  • May 20, 2014

    I’m obsessed with this salad from Trader Joe’s right now. Just wanted to let you know that I linked to this post in my blog http://yevgeniyafedorov.com/thereisnoperfect/?p=110

  • Jennie
    July 22, 2014

    This is one of my go-to salads regularly! I usually drop the chicken just cuz I’m lazy or don’t have it on hand but I do add an avocado. Amazing. Thank you Tracy!

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